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March 5, 2015

Boko Haram
Newspapers are displayed at a vendor's stand along a road in the Obalende district of Nigerian commercial capital Lagos. Boko Haram

Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram has evolved from a local insurgency to a brutal militant group that the United States has designated a terrorist organization.

August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko-Haram-Chibok-Girls-Nigeria 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…

May 8, 2017

Wars and Conflict
Chibok girls_RTS15KIQ Chibok Release and Boko Haram’s Strategy

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Ambassador John…

May 8, 2017

Nigeria
Buhari Chibok Freed 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…

April 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Podcast RTX2XZOS-MD-Call_1.jpg 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…

October 12, 2017

Nigeria
Boko-Haram-Prisoner-Trial-Nigeria Detainees Suspected of Ties to Boko Haram Begin Secret Trials

The Nigerian security services have imprisoned thousands of people suspected of being tied to Boko Haram. The detentions began in earnest in 2011 and accelerated up until 2015, after which they appea…

May 8, 2017

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

December 2, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram Resurgence Boko Haram Resurgence

President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said that the Nigerian security services would destroy Boko Haram by December. Recently, he has walked back from that optimistic prediction. The reality is t…

February 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram Isis ISIS and Boko Haram

The relationship, if any, between Nigeria’s Boko Haram and ISIS is a question that vexes the policy community. If there is one, it would support the argument that Boko Haram is, indeed, a new front i…

August 1, 2017

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Oil-Kidnap Boko Haram Blocks Oil Exploration in Northeast Nigeria

Usually, Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producing nation, producing as many as 2 million barrels per day. Oil revenue alone makes up over 70 percent of the Nigerian government’s income and provides …