• ACSS Research Director Discusses Future of Boko Haram on Arise TV

    Arise News - Boko Haram Authorities in Nigeria claimed to have killed the leadership of Boko Haram. Does that mean that the campaign of terror in the country's north is over? Dr. Joseph Siegle, Research Director at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) discussed the topic and what it means for the future of the Islamic group in an interview with Arise TV. The 7-minute interview aired August 25, 2013, as part of a weekly news roundup of the Nigeria-owned international station that has offices in New York.

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    For more information about Boko Haram, read ACSS' recent Africa Security Brief on Mitigating Radicalism in Northern Nigeria.
  • Mitigating Radicalism in Northern Nigeria

    By Michael Olufemi Sodipo, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, August 2013 05-17-2013warcrimesOngoing attacks by Boko Haram and other violent Islamist groups coupled with an at times arbitrary response by Nigeria's security forces have contributed to a deteriorating security situation in the north. Increasingly frequent attacks and bombings also mask longer-running radicalization dynamics. A sustained approach targeting every stage of the radicalization spectrum, from addressing socioeconomic grievances, to cross-cultural peacebuilding initiatives, to rehabilitating radicalized members of violent Islamist groups, as well as a more measured use of force are needed to reverse this broader trend.

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  • What’s Next for Security in the Niger Delta?

    By Aaron Sayne, The United States Institute of Peace | 2013 The once volatile Niger Delta has enjoyed relative peace and stability since an amnesty program demobilized thousands of militants in 2009. However, without subsequent rehabilitation of militants and reforms, many ex-combatants have been absorbed into opaque “private security” arrangements, which may be fueling organized crime and undermining peace. Former militants may also be exploited by politicians seeking to sway upcoming elections. While the reemergence of conflict seems avoidable in the short term, persistent instability and violence in region demand stronger efforts to complete the rehabilitation and reintegration of former fighters.

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  • Boko Haram's Evolving Threat

    By J. Peter Pham, Africa Center for Strategic Studies | April 2012Photo Credit: George Osodi/IRIN

    A surge in large-scale attacks over the past year by Nigerian Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram presents a serious threat to stability in West Africa’s most populous state and the world’s sixth largest oil exporter. The group has successfully expanded its geographic reach, mastered new sophisticated tactics, and targeted symbols of international presence in Nigeria. In this Africa Security Brief, J. Peter Pham assesses the significance of this upsurge, examines the origins and goals of this opaque group, and puts forward priorities for responding to this threat.

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  • Tracking Social Media: The 2011 Nigerian Elections

    By Judith Asuni and Jacqueline Farris, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation | 2011 New social media technology has changed the pattern of how information is disseminated to Nigerian citizens. This was dramatically displayed during Nigeria’s most recent national elections, during which voting irregularities and electoral violence were monitored and better managed using widely available new media tools. Such technology, however, was also be used to stoke post-election political violence. Civil society groups, the electoral commission, security agencies, and media outlets must integrate these new tools into their planning so as to absorb, respond to, and raise the accuracy of vastly higher levels of circulating information.

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  • Nigeria's Pernicious Drivers of Ethno-Religious Conflict

    By Chris Kwaja, Africa Center for Strategic Studies | July 2011nigeria_mosque-horz Nigeria's long-running "indigene-settler" conflict in and around Jos, Plateau State has escalated in recent years and may spread to other ethnically mixed regions of the country, heightening instability. Navigating such inter-communal fault lines is a common challenge for many African societies that requires looking past symptoms to address systemic drivers. In Nigeria, this will entail measures that directly mitigate violence as well as realize constitutional reform.

    Download Security Brief #14 in: ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS | PORTUGUÊS

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