Tag: Boko Haram

The Boko Haram Ceasefire and the Chadian Gambit

On 17 October, the Nigerian government unilaterally declared that it had entered into a ceasefire agreement with Boko Haram Islamists. The prevailing situation has sparked widespread debate on varying aspects of the alleged ceasefire. One aspect of the ceasefire which has not garnered as much attention, however, is the role Chad is playing in the negotiation process. What does the country have to gain by facilitating talks between Nigeria and the extremist group?

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Where Are Our Girls?

Boko Haram’s April 14 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok has been one of the most provocative developments of its almost five-year insurgency against the Nigerian government. Yet six months later, the Chibok girls remain hostages of one of the most brutal insurgent groups on the African continent. A burning question remains unanswered: What will happen to the Chibok girls?

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Cameroon and the Growing Threat of Boko Haram Contagion

Historically, Boko Haram’s Cameroon-based operations were generally limited to sophisticated kidnappings targeting foreign nationals residing and/or travelling in areas near the Nigerian border. Although skirmishes between Cameroonian troops and suspected Boko Haram militants have occurred on a number of occasions, previous incidents were more a result of the opposing forces running into each other than any deliberate action undertaken by either Boko Haram or the Cameroonian military.

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Backgrounder – Boko Haram and Political Instability in Nigeria

Boko Haram’s activities have been escalating steadily in Nigeria; the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Borno earlier this year being the most recent indicator of the group’s growing threat to Nigeria’s political stability. Indeed, the group is viewed by many experts as a direct challenge the state’s corrupt nature and its general inability to address the expanding economic North-South disparity within Nigeria.

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The Impending Balkanization of Nigeria?

Balkanization has been frequently invoked to describe or predict the fragmentation of geopolitical regions beyond the scope of the Balkans. Recently, there have been forecasts of the impending Balkanization of Nigeria. Throughout 2013, the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram successfully carried out a slew of bombings and mass murders throughout Nigeria, inciting fear amongst the population and exacerbating ethnic and religious tensions.

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Addressing the Solution Resistant Islamic Insurgency in Nigeria

The abduction of more than 200 school girls in northeastern Nigeria is a clear indication of how the country lacks the critical ability to ensure the proper security of its citizens. Without a doubt, the problem of the Islamic insurgency in Nigeria resists easy solutions. In this article, the author outlines how poorly the Nigerian government has so far managed the current security challenge of the Islamic insurgency.

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