Overview

ICCT’s work in West Africa is centered around local terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and al Qaeda and their influence on the region. Countering extremism in countries such as Nigeria and developing means to bring peace and stability have also been central issues in the research and activities that ICCT has undertaken in West Africa. Another focus has been the instability in Mali and the implications the conflict has on the wider region. Here, the topics vary from the international stabilisation efforts to the combat against local narco-terrorism.

Overview

ICCT’s work in West Africa is centered around local terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and al Qaeda and their influence on the region. Countering extremism in countries such as Nigeria and developing means to bring peace and stability have also been central issues in the research and activities that ICCT has undertaken in West Africa. Another focus has been the instability in Mali and the implications the conflict has on the wider region. Here, the topics vary from the international stabilisation efforts to the combat against local narco-terrorism.

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Research Paper | 14 Oct 2013
Nigeria's Troubled North: Interrogating the Drivers of Public Support for Boko Haram

In this Research Paper, ICCT Visiting Fellow Akinola Olojo examines the key drivers of public support for Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. The author suggests that the effective formulation and implementation of a proactive (Nigerian) counter-terrorism strategy requires an incisive understanding of the political, socio-economic and religious/ideological drivers of public support for the group. The multi-dimensional nature of the Boko Haram crisis in northern Nigeria challenges conventional approaches used in addressing terrorist violence. Olojo reflects on the need for a bold mix of interventions and partnerships that combine elements of both hard and soft power. The application of these approaches by both domestic actors and external partners must necessarily draw upon an understanding of the key drivers that this paper explores.

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