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Boko Haram and its Impact

The Westminster Institute has released a new briefing on the Boko Haram insurgency.

  • The Boko Haram insurgency is both a national and international problem. It has become increasingly violent and is copying the tactics of other Islamist insurgency groups.
  • Its main rhetoric and operations have been against the corrupt government of Nigeria, but it has also attacked soft targets. Over the years, it has been deliberately targeting churches and Christian communities.
  • The solution to the Boko Haram problem should be sought in understanding the ethnic, socio-political, and ideological components of this phenomenon. It is ideology in particular that has been providing a blueprint for the goals, tactics and discourse of Boko Haram.

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