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.
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.
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.
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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