Forgotten, but Not Gone: The Continuing Threat of Boko Haram

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 20:00
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Human Rights
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Western Africa

IISS-US Discussion Meeting

Forgotten, but Not Gone:
The Continuing Threat of Boko Haram

When in April 2014 more than 270 girls were abducted from a school in northeastern Nigeria, unprecedented international attention turned to the perpetrators, Boko Haram, an Islamist group. Many activists and observers around the world were outraged by limited government actions to rescue the victims – most of whom remain in captivity today – and foreign governments, including the US government, have offered support in locating the young women.

The furor of the #BringBackOurGirls movement has faded rapidly and Boko Haram's insurgency, now in its fourth year, has again been largely forgotten by the international media, despite the fact that violence has continued in the form of mass killings, attacks in the capital, Abuja, and new abductions.

Virginia Comolli will be discussing the implications of Boko Haram's insurgency for Nigeria, repercussions for other West African countries and the role of non-African partners (and the US in particular) in dealing with the security challenges the group presents.

Virginia Comolli is the Research Fellow running the newly established IISS Security and Development Programme. She has been researching instability in West Africa, including in the context of a forthcoming volume on the Boko Haram insurgency (Hurst Publishers/Oxford University Press, 2014).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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