Small Wars Journal

Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines: Analyses of Africa’s Enduring Insurgency

Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines: Analyses of Africa’s Enduring Insurgency by Jacob Zenn, Abdulbasit Kassim, Elizabeth Pearson, Atta Barkindo, Idayat Hassan, Zacharias Pieri and Omar Mahmoud – Combating Terrorism Center

In a conflict that has no easy answers and no solutions in sight, Boko Haram is already and will remain one of Africa’s enduring insurgencies. In order to better understand Boko Haram now and in the future, this report, edited by Jacob Zenn, challenges some key misconceptions about the insurgency and provides new analyses and insights based on many exclusive primary source materials and datasets. To provide these unique insights, several authors with on-the-ground experience contribute to six areas that are increasingly important but under-researched about Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa:

– Ideology (Abdulbasit Kassim)
– Gender (Elizabeth Pearson)
– Leadership (Atta Barkindo)
– Counterinsurgency (Idayat Hassan and Zacharias Pieri)
– Regional dynamics (Omar Mahmoud)
– Terrorist networks (Jacob Zenn)

It is hoped that these analyses of ‘Africa’s enduring insurgency’ will be useful to counterterrorism practitioners, humanitarian organizations, and academia and will assist in understanding and, ultimately, mitigating and resolving the conflict.

To access the full report, click here.