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John Campbell

Senior Fellow, CFR

John Campbell
John Campbell is the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. Rowman & Littlefield published his book, Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink. The second edition was published in June 2013. He writes the blog "Africa in Transition" and edits the Nigeria Security Tracker. From 1975 to 2007, Ambassador Campbell served as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer. He served twice in Nigeria, as political counselor from 1988 to 1990, and as ambassador from 2004 to 2007. Ambassador Campbell's additional overseas postings include Lyon, Paris, Geneva, and Pretoria. He also served as deputy assistant secretary for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs. From 2007 to 2008, he was a visiting professor of international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was also a Department of State mid-career fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Prior to his career in the Foreign Service, he taught British and French history at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Ambassador Campbell received a BA and MA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in seventeenth century English history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Trump's Ban on Nigerian Immigrants Will Hurt His Defense Strategy

Expanding immigration bans while seeking closer economic ties with Africa to counter Russian and Chinese influence indicates policy incoherence.


Boko Haram’s Deadly Impact

A new compilation of data gives insight into the African Islamist insurgency’s reach, tactics, and evolution. It reveals a far higher victim count than previous estimates.


Nigeria Just Arrested Its Former Defense Chief for Looting Anti-Boko Haram Funds

If the allegations are true, it would help explain the country’s gross under-resourcing of government security services.


After Obama Snub, Nigerian President Brings Security Wish List to Washington

Some critics questioned President Obama’s omission of Nigeria on his upcoming trip to Africa. President Buhari's visit to Washington this week may help bridge that gap.


New Nigerian President Buhari Has a New Plan for Taking on Boko Haram

Muhammadu Buhari's op-ed in the New York Times signals a change in approach to taking on the terrorist group.


Boko Haram Is Fanning the Flames of a New Refugee Crisis

Since May, nearly 100,000 Nigerians have fled to the neighboring countries of Chad and Niger while Boko Haram's rampage of terror continues unchecked. By John Campbell


How Obscurity Helps Boko Haram's Reign of Terror

The killings in France struck directly at the core Western values -- and kept the world's attention away from a new, disturbing tactic in Nigeria's bloody conflict. By John Campbell


Feeling 'Snubbed' By the US, Nigeria Turns to Russia

Russian special forces are reportedly training Nigerian security forces while Abuja continues to reel from attacks by Boko Haram extremists. By John Campbell


Does Boko Haram Really Have Control Over a New Caliphate?

With international attention spread thin in recent weeks, it's hard to know whether or not Boko Haram's newly-announced caliphate even really exists. By John Campbell


Nigeria’s Boko Haram Problem Is Still Spreading

Boko Haram's campaign of violence has now displaced more than 15,000 Nigerians and shows no signs of stopping. By John Campbell