Africa Security Brief No. 20

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Boko Haram’s Evolving Threat

By J. Peter Pham

April 30, 2012

BOKO HARAM DISPLACED IN YOLA. ©EU/ECHO/Isabel CoelloA 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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