Here is a copy of my 2012 JSOU report on Boko Haram, the terrorist group in northern Nigeria designated on November 13, 2013 as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. Department of State.
Summary: This monograph assesses the threat Boko Haram poses to Nigeria and U.S. national security interests. Boko Haram is largely a local phenomenon, though one with strategic implications, and must be understood and addressed within its local context and the longstanding grievances that motivate terrorist activity. The chapters explore Nigeria’s ethnic fissures and the role of unequal distribution of power in fueling terrorism. Indeed, these conditions, combined with the ready availability of weapons, contribute to Nigeria’s other security challenges including militancy in the Niger Delta and organized crime around the economic center of the country, Lagos.
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