For the first time since its independence, Africa’s most populous and economically powerful country voted an incumbent president out of office, defying all expectations.
Corruption unsettles local populations and directly threatens global security.
If the global turmoil of the late 1980s was fueled by a liberty deficit, today’s extremist movements may well be exploiting a justice deficit.
Day-to-day corruption is not only detrimental to a country’s economy, but can also make people angry and more sympathetic to violent extremism.
To combat Boko Haram, U.S. officials need to get tough on Nigerian leaders for their flagrant effort to control the outcome of the election.
Corruption is an unexpected link in the world’s multiplying security crises.
If Western officials truly mean to curb the underlying drivers of extremism, corruption is a good—and remarkably overlooked—place to start.
For security reasons as well as ethical ones, the United States should stand by its anticorruption rhetoric, applying sanctions and other leverage against members of what many have called Nigeria's most kleptocratic administration ever.
Devastation caused by corruption is one of Afghanistan’s most serious problems.
From the Islamic State in Iraq to Boko Haram in Nigeria, corruption lies at the root of many of today’s international crises.