Boko Haram

  • Pham on the Imminent Attack in Maidiguri

    The Nigerian Tribune quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the 200,000 Christians that are the main target of an imminent attack in Maidiguri, Nigeria by Boko Haram:

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  • Pham: "An Attack on Madiguri is Very Likely"

    NBC News quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the possibility of Boko Haram attacking Maiduguri, Nigeria:

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  • What Boko Haram's Widening War Means for Refugees

    Two weeks ago, I wrote about the near- and long-term consequences of the Nigerian refugee crisis as tens of thousands of Nigerians flee across borders from the violence the terrorist group Boko Haram is meting out in the northeastern part of the country. I wrote that the world needs to surge resources into the area to care both for the current refugees and those that would surely be coming in the future. Failing to do so will further destabilize the region for years to come.

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  • Nigeria, Boko Haram, and Election Delays

    Bottom Line Up Front:

    • On February 7, Nigeria’s election commission announced a six-week postponement of the country’s tightly-contested presidential election (along with other federal and state polls); the decision came after the Nigerian military warned that it could not guarantee voter security in the four northeastern states hit hardest by the Boko Haram insurgency

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  • Pham on the US-Nigeria Relationship

    The Wall Street Journal quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck's request for US troops to fight Boko Haram:

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  • Pham on Boko Haram's Global Impact

    The Huffington Post quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the global importance of Nigeria's economy and the international implications of Boko Haram's violence:

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  • Pham on Boko Haram Suicide Bombing

    International Business Times quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on Boko Haram's recent suicide bombing and its increased use of terrorist tactics:

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  • Pham on the Nigerian Government's Claim to Crush Boko Haram in Six Weeks

    Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham joins CNN to discuss the postponement of the Nigerian elections and the Nigerian government's claim to crush Boko Haram in six weeks:

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  • Pham on the Decline of Nigeria's Military

    TIME quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the decline of Nigeria's military and what it means for the fight against Boko Haram:

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  • What You Need to Know About Nigeria's Upcoming Election

    The February 14th presidential elections in Nigeria signal an important milestone in the political trajectory of Africa’s most populous country. Nigeria has held three successive presidential elections since its return to democracy in 1999 after years of authoritarian rule. The presidential elections, which occur on a four year cycle, have varied in terms of accepted standards of free, fair, and transparent elections. The 2007 elections, in particular, were described by the International Republican Institute (IRI), an American democracy promotion organization that had observed the elections, as “well below international standards and below the standards Nigeria set for itself in the previous two elections….” In contrast, the 2011 elections were described by IRI “as a major step forward in advancing Nigeria’s democracy.”

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