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September 20, 2019

Nigeria
Boko Haram Is Back in the Media Spotlight, but It Was Never Really Gone

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, on a number of occasions, has stated that Boko Haram is “technically defeated.” The Council’s Nigeria Security Tracker indicates otherwise, and on September 14, the New York Times published an extensive story on the resurgence of Boko Haram. It was accompanied by three pictures on a back page, including one of a child’s scar from an injury sustained during a suicide bombing.

Women and children sit outside the smoke-blackened remains of a building.

September 17, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 7–13

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 7 to 13, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

September 9, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 31–September 6

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 31 to September 6, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

September 5, 2019

Nigeria
The Humanitarian Dilemma Around the Military’s “Super Camp” Strategy in Nigeria

The “super camp” strategy is driven chiefly by the military’s apparent inability to defend itself against constant ISWA raids on poorly constructed military barracks in rural areas. Under the new strategy, military personnel will be based in a few, well-constructed “super camps,” which ISWA presumably cannot overrun. While the military may have reduced the potential for casualties and theft of military materiel, it has also reduced its ability to combat ISWA in rural areas. This strategy appears to also be the most recent formulation of the military’s “fortress strategy,” which seemingly was never implemented after its initial 2017 announcement.

Men and boys gather by a shade and in front of a truck an an IDP camp near Maiduguri.

September 3, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 24–30

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 24 to 30, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

August 26, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 17–23

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 17 to 23, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

August 19, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 10–16

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from August 10 to 16, 2019.

Map of Nigeria shaded to reflect NST-documented deaths per state.

August 16, 2019

Elections and Voting
Marianne Williamson

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

Marianne Williamson

August 14, 2019

Nigeria
Understanding the Threat Posed by ISWA in Nigeria

The fishing town of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, has been devastated by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian army. It is currently controlled by the Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA). The group is led by Abu Abdallah al-Barnawi, and is separate from, and presumably a rival to, Abubakar Shekau’s faction. Obi Anyadike, a reporter, interviewed eight former residents of Baga who had fled to Maiduguri.

Two women and a man stand by a window and a door of a mosque in Maiduguri.

August 13, 2019

Nigeria
Making Military Reform and Civilian Oversight a Reality in Nigeria

Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999, after two long periods of military rule—1966–79 and 1983–98—during which the military wielded executive, legislative, and judicial power. This has left a historical legacy of a powerful military used to doing whatever it wants with no questions asked. On return to democracy, it also left the country with a political class that is wary of military power, and unwilling and unable to impose democratic civilian oversight of the military. 

Three Nigerian soldiers stand in front of a thatch hut and a tank in full fear.