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Audio: Who are Boko Haram?


In this discussion, Raffaelo Pantucci, Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, Bala Liman, PhD Candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Virginia Comolli, Research Associate for Transnational Threats at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and James Schneider, editor-in-chief at Think Africa Press, talked about the northern Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram. For those of you who listened to the start of the conversation on the Think Africa Press podcast, you can skip forwards to 8.39.

Further reading on Boko Haram...

Mark Dearn on the group's origins and development.

Zach Warner on the historical dynamics of exclusion in Northern Nigeria which helped produce Boko Haram.

An expert panel on what more needs to be known about Boko Haram and what can be done to combat the group.

Rom Bhandari on how Boko Haram must be treated as a political, not just a security problem.

Ryan Cummings on Ansaru, another militant group often referred to as a Boko Haram splinter.

Jacob Zenn on whether Boko Haram was really active in Islamist controlled Northern Mali.

Alex Thurston on the possibility of amnesty for Boko Haram.

The Council on Foreign Relations maintains an excellent tracker, mapping violence in Nigeria.

Daniel Egiegba on the ad hoc nature of Nigeria's policies towards Boko Haram.

Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) for a long and detailed overview of most aspects of Boko Haram.

Andrew Walker for a special report on the group for the United States Institute of Peace.

The Soufan Group on the Kanuri make up of Boko Haram's fighters.

Jacob Zenn has a wide and deep collection of writings on Boko Haram, many of which are available on The Jamestown Foundation's site.

Alex Thurston has also written widely on Boko Haram. Some of his work is available on his website Sahel Blog, which is currently in hibernation.

Aaron Y. Zelin runs Jihadology, which has a weekly round up of the best articles on Islamic militancy world wide. It frequently includes must-read material on Boko Haram and associated groups.

Who to follow on Twitter...

There are a number of analysts on twitter who often provide high quality commentary and analysis on Boko Haram and associated groups. If you want to keep up to date with the latest in this field we suggest you follow:

Jacob Zenn - @BokoWatch

Alex Thurston - @SahelBlog (currently in hibernation)

Ryan Cummings - @Pol_Sec_Analyst

Virginia Comolli - @VirginiaComolli

Andrew Lebovich - @tweetsintheME

Aaron Y. Zelin - @azelin

Peter Tinti - @PeterTinti

Andrew Walker - @GetWalker

Veryan Khan - @VeryanK

James Schneider - @SchneiderHome

Bala Liman - @BalaLiman

Raffaello Pantucci - @RaffPantucci

Rukmini Callimachi - @rcallimachi

Boko Haram Watch - @BokoHaramWatch

This discussion was recorded at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) studio.

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