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January 5, 2018

Nigeria
Abuja is Taking Boko Haram Seriously

In the past couple of months, the Buhari administration removed the commander of the operation against Boko Haram, Lafiya Dole, ostensibly for poor performance, announced a new "fortress" strategy to protect civilians, and earmarked $1 billion in funds for the conflict.

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April 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram in Nigeria

John Campbell, CFR's Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, discusses the Boko Haram in Nigeria case study from Model Diplomacy, politics and security in West Africa and the Sahel, and…

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September 25, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Leader Shekau's Book Helps Explain Factional Rifts

In June 2018, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) leader, Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi, released a history of his jihadist movement. In 2017, the Ansaru leader, under the pseudonym Abu Usama al-Ansari, also released his own history, while Abubakar Shekau released a book in the name of the Boko Haram faction he currently leads.

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August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko Haram Factions May Seek State Cooperation

According to conventional wisdom, the insurrection based in northeastern Nigeria and the Cameroon known as Boko Haram comprises at least three large factions, and there may well be more. One, perhaps…

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August 11, 2016

Nigeria
Boko Haram’s Factional Feud

This is a guest post by Jacob Zenn. Jacob is a fellow of African affairs at The Jamestown Foundation in Washington DC. Since Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to self-proclaimed I…

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August 9, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Faction Releases Book on History and Ideology

The book likely represents the public views of one of Yusuf’s sons and the current ISWAP leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who became very close to Abubakar Shekau after the former’s father was killed in 2009.

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May 8, 2017

Nigeria
Chibok Release and Boko Haram’s Strategy

Boko Haram’s release of eighty-two girls to the Nigerian government appears to be part of its strategy to maximize the value of the Chibok kidnapping victims. According to The Guardian, Boko Haram su…

President Muhammadu Buhari sits with eighty-two freed Chibok girls.

October 28, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Competing Narratives on Boko Haram

What is going on in northern Nigeria? Because of the lack of official transparency and media access, combined with little or no foreign diplomatic presence and a general atmosphere of terror, rumors …

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September 1, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram Turns to Lagos

Lagos, one of the largest cities in the world and the heart of Nigeria’s modern economy, has not been the venue for Boko Haram or other radical jihadi terrorism. The sole episode occurred in 2014 and…

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July 7, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Upsurge in Boko Haram Attacks

There has been a significant upsurge in attacks in Nigeria attributed to Boko Haram. At least 200 were killed over the July 4 weekend, which is in the midst of Ramadan. While there were attacks in M…

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