In this blog, Hannah Hoechner responds to a recent post by Eliza Griswold on Boko Haram. She argues that we know very little about Boko Haram’s recruits but what we do know suggests that we should steer clear of sweeping claims that recruits are drawn from ‘West African madrassas’ . Hannah is a Wiener Anspach postdoctoral […]
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In this blog, originally posted on Africa In Focus, Richard Joseph argues that the resolution to the ongoing conflict between the government and Boko Haram will not be solved by better intelligence, but with the emergence of a credible, democratic state. Richard Joseph is the John Evans Professor of International History and Politics at Northwestern University.
In his latest column for the Daily Nation, our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, asks what Kenya can learn from Nigeria’s attempts to tackle Boko Haram. The abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok may prove to be a turning point in the ongoing conflict with Boko Haram, with a recognition of the need for better intelligence, international […]
Last month, in Chibok, Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 school girls. In this post, Zoe Marks argues that, in Nigeria and beyond, we are failing to tackle the moral crisis this act has created. Zoe Marks is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. This post also appears on the University of Edinburgh’s […]
In this opinion piece, Chris Akor explores the apparent desire for a ‘strongman’ leader in Nigeria. He analyses the pressure on Goodluck Jonathan to ‘rule like a lion or a tiger’ and the nostalgia for dictatorial leaders like General Mohammadu Buhari. Chris has recently completed an MSc at the University of Oxford.
In this blog, Zainab Usman highlights the importance of looking at the political context in which militia groups in Nigeria operate. As political contestation around the 2015 elections starts to grow, she asks what impact these various groups will have on the polls, and what the post-election environment might have in store for them. Zainab […]
As attacks attributed to the militant Islamic group Boko Haram continue in Nigeria, Hannah Hoechner explores the ways in which students at traditional Qur’anic schools are treated in word and deed, both inside and outside the country. Hannah is reading for a DPhil in International Development at the University of Oxford.
Adding Fuel to the Fire in Nigeria” is the most thought-provoking, convincing analysis I have seen of the Jonathan administration’s attempts to end the fuel subsidy. The anonymous author makes the fundamental point that ending the fuel subsidy is not about economics – it is about the patronage politics that govern Nigeria—a point with which […]
Following the recent political unrest and attacks by Boko Haram, we asked an experienced Nigeria watcher to update us on the state of the nation. He did so on the condition of anonymity, and argues that the removal of fuel subsidies has nothing to do with economics, that it may not actually matter whether or […]