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African Jihadist Movements: Context and Impact in the Fight Against Terrorism

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Boko Haram, a Nigerian jihadist group, was recently ranked the world’s deadliest terrorist group. In 2014, Boko Haram was responsible for the deaths of 6,664 civilians. As the West prepares to step up its campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, what can be done to counter the persistent threat of African jihadist movements like Boko Haram?

In this off-the-record discussion Dr. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos will join World Policy fellow David Stevens to explain what we do—and don’t—understand about the jihadist threat in West Africa and its impact on politics, industry, and development in the region.


About the Speakers

Dr. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos is professor of political science at the French Institute of Geopolitics in the University of Paris 8.  He is a specialist in armed conflicts and humanitarian aid in sub-Saharan Africa and has extensive experience on the ground in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya. He is an associate fellow at the Africa Programme, Chatham House, and the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, and a senior researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). Dr. Pérouse De Montclos has published some eighty articles and books. His most recent book is Boko Haram: Islamism, Politics, Security, and the State in Nigeria (2015), available from Tsehai Publishers.
David Stevens is a fellow at the World Policy Institute and the director of the Institute’s Program for African Thought—a program dedicated to raising the global prominence of African thinkers. Prior to joining WPI he was a doctoral candidate in Princeton University’s Department of Politics, where his research focused on the politics of Southern Africa as well as the interaction between technology, the economy, and the adoption of political ideas.


About the Program for African Thought

The World Policy Institute’s Program for African Thought (PAT) addresses the absence of African voices on the global stage through a series of activities designed to enhance and expand the place for African thinkers in global policy debates. The program consists of three key projects focused on building local research capacity, amplifying existing African commentary, and promoting thought leadership. Through this effort, the Program looks to direct international attention towards ground-level thinkers and change-makers on the continent, bringing local insight into the heart of global affairs.


About World Policy Institute

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