New Analysis Paper: Why would Boko Haram inflict the most pain on the very state that provides its center of operations, when its purported mission applies to the country as a whole? One can approach this question using System Justification Theory.
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As a former general, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari must be well aware that wars can easily run for longer than presidential terms; boasting of victory in one’s first year in office seems amateurish.Read more
Corruption has serious ramifications for the military’s morale and its operations against Boko Haram.Read more
In Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram, the truth about terrorism is often obscured by Western liberal narratives of “terror”—who commits it, who is victimized by it, and what it looks like. While Boko Haram is certainly a terrorist group, the lived experience of terror in Nigeria is not uniform.Read more
On January 3rd, Boko Haram launched a brazen attack in Baga, Nigeria, and reportedly hundreds and possibly thousands of people were killed. While it has been difficult to obtain an accurate number, local officials and news outlets are reporting as many as 2,000 casualties.Read more
A three-day summit of more than 40 African leaders with the United States kicked off this week in Washington, and human rights activists are pressing the Obama administration to take this opportunity to address the rights of LGBT people. Out of the 76 countries in the world with explicit anti-gay laws (to put that into perspective, those 76 countries representRead more
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 competitionRead more