Niger: Boko Haram, Security, and the Quest for Development
While many countries in Africa have experienced impressive economic growth and investment, landlocked Niger, home to 17 million people, continues to suffer from major economic, security, and environmental challenges. President Mahamadou Issoufou’s administration has been grappling with droughts, public health concerns, security challenges posed by Boko Haram, and an influx of refugees and weapons entering Niger from neighboring Libya. And while the country has natural resources - notably uranium and oil – investment in extraction and export has been low. With elections planned for early 2016, how will Niger confront these challenges? What are the latest advances around the government’s development program? Join the Council on Global Affairs and Her Excellency Hassana Alidou, Ambassador of Niger to the United States of America, for an in-depth discussion on the future of Niger and its role in the global arena.