Boko Haram’s Past, Present and Future

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Leading experts examine the trajectories of Boko Haram’s insurgency in northern Nigeria, and discuss the challenges and limitations of existing counter-terrorism approaches.

The Royal United Services Institute and the Centre for African Conflict and Development are joining hands in a webinar panel of experts to discuss Boko Haram’s protracted insurgency, as well as the limitations, challenges, and future trajectories of counterinsurgency strategies across the Lake Chad Basin.

Inspired by a special issue of the African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, the discussion offers useful insights into Boko Haram’s past motivations, current activities and tensions between its local and global agendas. We will also assess Nigeria’s counter-terrorism policies and practices.


  • Moderator: Dr Imogen Parsons


    Prof Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos

    Jacob Zenn/ Dr Mary Jane Fox

    Dr Michael Nwankpa

    Dr Andrea Brigaglia/Dr Alessio Iocchi

  • Assessing Nigeria’s Counterterrorism Policies and Practices

    Moderator: Dr Vincent Foucher


    Dr Emeka Njoku

    Dr Caroline Varin

    Prof. Abimbola Adesoji/Dr Shina Alimi

    Prof. Marc-Antoine de Perouse

    Dr Elizabeth Pearson/Ms Chitra Nagarajan


  • Vincent Foucher is a Consulting Senior Analyst focusing on West Africa for the International Crisis Group. He holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and is a research fellow in the French National Centre for Science Research, based at the Institute of Political Studies.

    Imogen Parsons is Senior Research Fellow and Acting Director of the Terrorism and Conflict group in the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), on secondment from the UK civil service.

  • Michael Nwankpa is Founding Director and Director of research at the Centre for African Conflict and Development. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Roehampton, London.


    Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos is a Senior Researcher at the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) in France. He has a doctorate in political science and specialises on armed conflicts in Africa.


    Emeka Thaddues Njoku holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and is currently a 2019/2020 Post-doctoral Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies/African Humanities Program, New York, USA


    Andrea Brigaglia teaches in the Department of Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean (DAAM) at the Universitàdegli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale.”


    Alessio Iocchi obtained a PhD in African Studies at the Department of Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean (DAAM), Universitàdegli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale,” with a dissertation entitled “Fear and Floating: The Boko Haram Conflict in the Lake Chad Basin.”


    Caroline Varin is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Regent’s University London, Associate at LSE Ideas, and CEO of Professors Without Borders.


    Jacob Zenn is an adjunct assistant professor on African armed movements at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and a senior fellow on African affairs at The Jamestown Foundation.


    Mary Jane Fox researches issues relating to political culture, child soldiers, violent non-state actors, and international humanitarian law. Her publications include The Roots of Somali Political Culture (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015) and articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topics listed above.


    Abimbola O. Adesoji is a Professor of History at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.


    Shina Alimi teaches History at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


    Elizabeth Pearson is a Lecturer in the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law and Criminology at Swansea University where she works on gender, extremism, and counter-extremism.


    Ms Chitra Nagarajan is a conflict and human rights researcher. Since 2013, she has been working across northeast Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad Basin for NGOs including Adelphi, British Council, Catholic Relief Services, Center for Civilians in Conflict, Equal Access International, and Mercy Corps.

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