Understanding the Fractured Landscape of Violent Extremism in the Lake Chad Basin


October 13, 2022

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The Africa Center for Strategic Studies will convene a webinar that provides an in-depth look at the reconfiguration of violent extremist organizations in the Lake Chad Basin, 16 months after the death of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. The analysis will consider dynamics in the groups’ composition, their objectives over time, as well as political and economic factors that have enabled them to persist.

Webinar Objectives

  1. Expand understanding of the reconfiguration of VE forces in the Lake Chad Basin.
  2. Analyze the composition, motivations and objectives, as well as inner workings and enabling factors of the most powerful faction of VE groups, namely the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
  3. Assess the political economy of violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin and the implications for stabilization response.

Recommended Reading

“After Shekau: Confronting Jihadists in Nigeria’s North East,” International Crisis Group, March 29, 2022.

Fonteh Akum, Remadji Hoinathy and Malik Samue, “Managing the journey out of violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin,” Institute for Security Studies, March 2021.


Dr. Olajumoke Ayandele

Dr. Jide Martyns Okeke

Dr. Akinola Olojo


Dr. Anouar Boukhars