Roundtable on the Sahel—Boko Haram: Understanding Domestic and Regional Security Challenges

June, 2013
IDA document: D-4942
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Africa , Documents
Division: Intelligence Analyses Division , Global Dynamics and Intelligence Division
Boko Haram; Ansaru; Mali; Goodluck Jonathan; State of Emergency; Nigeria See more authors
This report summarizes the proceedings of the IDA Africa Program’s meeting on Boko Haram, which took place on May 17, 2013. Participants noted that the persistently poor economic and social indicators of northeastern Nigeria have fueled Boko Haram’s expansion. There are also concerns about Boko Haram’s assistance by external militant groups, the Nigerian army’s failure to defeat Boko Haram, the poor capacity of the army, and the large number of atrocities the army has committed. To successfully defuse Boko Haram’s threat, considerable attention should be paid to the context in which Boko Haram operates, reforming the Nigerian security services, and forming partnerships with neighboring states.