Idayat Hassan

Senior Associate CSIS Africa Program

Region(s): West Africa
Country of focus: Nigeria
Based in Abuja


Current Occupation: Senior Associate CSIS Africa Program
Organization/Institution: Centre for Strategic and International Studies


What’s the impact of Niger cutting military ties with the US?  Inside Story Al Jazeera Mar 18, 2024

A year on from Nigeria’s 2023 elections Chatham House Mar 11, 2024

Troubled West African states test fractured regional bloc AFP Feb 8, 2024

Analysts Examine Implications of African States’ Exit From ECOWAS VOA Jan 29, 2024

Regional Bloc Says Niger Junta’s 3-year Transition Plan Unacceptable VOA Aug 22, 2023

What is the impact of the military coup in Niger? Al Jazeera Inside Story Aug 9, 2023

Visiting US envoy holds talks with Niger’s military junta BBC Newsday Aug 8, 202

West African Nations Threaten Military Action Unless Niger Coup Is Undone New York Times Aug 27, 2023

African Union gives 15-day ultimatum to Niger junta to end regime but soldiers seek continuity AP Jul 29, 2023

Huge security challenges await Nigeria’s new president AFP May 26, 2023

Bola Tinubu: Can Nigeria’s new president unite his country? BBC The Real Story May 26, 2023

Nigerian court asked to stop president-elect’s inauguration, extend incumbent’s tenure AP May 12, 2023

Is democracy really in retreat?  Think Change Podcast Apr 20, 2023

Civil Society Groups Protest in Nigeria Over Election Outcome VOA Mar 28, 2023

Authorities Brace for Unrest as Nigeria’s Gubernatorial Election Winners Announced VOA Mar 20, 2023

Nigeria Postpones State Elections Amid Presidential Vote Controversy New York Times Mar 9, 2023

Opposition Parties in Nigeria Call for Election Rerun, Citing Vote Rigging New York Times Feb 28, 2023

Tensions rise in Nigeria as opposition demands new vote AP Feb 28, 2023

Nigeria is set to elect a new leader, but a cash shortage could make oversight tougher PBS Feb 24, 2023

Nigerian fact-checkers join forces ahead of elections AFP Feb 24, 2023

Political violence in Nigeria threatens to hurt voter turnout Globe and Mail Feb 24, 2023

Identity, Insecurity, and Institutions in the 2023 Nigerian Elections Centre for Strategic and International Studies Feb 23, 2023

What’s at stake in Nigeria’s high-risk elections The New Humanitarian Feb 23, 202

Nigeria’s presidential frontrunners in final push for votes Associated Press Feb 19, 2023

Analysis: Scars of annulled 1993 vote trail Nigeria 2023 election Al Jazeera Feb 14, 2023

African democracy on the line as ‘bellwether’ Nigeria goes to polls The Guardian Feb 9, 2023

Can Nigeria’s next president fix its problems? BBC World Service Feb 9, 2023

Nigeria elections 2023: How influencers are secretly paid by political parties BBC News Jan 18, 2023

2023: Who Do the Odds Favour? – Idayat Hassan Arise News Jan 10, 2023

Nigeria: The Insecurity Ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 Elections Is Unprecedented Dec 21, 2022

2023: How Nigeria’s new president will emerge Premium Times Nigeria Nov 27, 2022

If blackouts don’t work, what might? Tackling fake news in West Africa African Arguments Jul 19, 2022

Disinformation Is Undermining Democracy in West Africa CIGI Online Jul 4, 2022

Lawyer Idayat Hassan (@HassanIdayat) is an expert on West Africa. She is a non-resident Senior Associate in the Africa Program of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (@CSIS), a non-profit policy research organization based in Washington.

She is former director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, a think tank based in Abuja, Nigeria. She oversaw its rise from unranked in 2013 to ranked 11th out of 94 think tanks in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index.

She frequently provides expertise on West Africa and analysis on electoral politics to international and local media. Her specialties span democracy, accountability, peace and security, transitional justice and information and communications technology for development in West Africa.

Idayat is a national commissioner on the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission and a member of the National Peace Committee, an NGO comprised of prominent citizens committed to maintaining peace during Nigeria’s election period.

Idayat was previously a Deputy Regional Coordinator with the Movement Against Corruption, aimed at eradicating corruption and poverty in Nigeria.

A project she led at the Centre for Democracy and Development analyzed the nexus between social media platforms, election processes, and electoral outcomes, using an app to identify electoral fraud and documenting the use of personal data in political campaigning in Nigeria.

She has held fellowships in several universities in Europe and the United States.