Speaker: Megan Turnbull, Research Fellow, International Security Program

This seminar explains how election violence is jointly organized by political elites and different nonstate groups in Nigeria. Around the world, incumbents increasingly resort to violence and intimidation to manipulate elections. In doing so, they often turn to various nonstate actors to carry out violence on their behalf. Under what conditions do politicians seek to organize election violence, and why do different nonstate groups agree to perpetrate violence for them? Through four comparative case studies from Nigeria, the project demonstrates how local political orders shape the capacity and the incentives for politicians and nonstate groups to organize violence during elections.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:

For more information, email the International Security Program Assistant at susan_lynch@harvard.edu.