This analytical paper conducts a human security analysis of Nigeria in order to understand why there is so much violence in the country. It determines that various threats to human security in the country affect to varying degrees three subnational conflicts: a religiously motivated insurgency fought by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, community violence sparked by resource and land competition in central Nigeria, and finally the conflict in the Niger Delta. By focusing on the various categories of human security such as environmental, health, economic, and political securities, one can gain a better understanding of the root causes of the conflict than if one had sought to understand the conflict through a traditional security lens. By analyzing the various threats to human security, one can understand the interconnectedness of many of the problems in Nigeria permitting a more comprehensive conflict analysis.
Check out the paper here: A Human Security Analysis of Nigeria
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