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#5: Virginia Comolli on Boko Haram

In this episode of Debrief, Jamiesha Majevadia is joined by Virginia Comolli, Research Associate for Transnational Threats at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.

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Jamiesha & Virginia discuss the growth and trajectory of Boko Haram and the impact the group has had on Nigeria and its neighbouring countries. They also discuss the nature of suspected al Qaeda links,  the level and consequences of government responses and some predictions of the future trajectory of the group.

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Virginia is the Research Associate for Transnational Threats at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, currently focusing on transnational organized crime and security threats in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the past, Virginia has been seconded to the UK Ministry of Justice and also worked in the private sector in security and strategic intelligence. She is the co-author of the book “Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States: the Problems of Prohibition” published earlier in 2012.

You can view her IISS profile here.

Follow Jamiesha (@Jamiesha_Maj) and Virginia (@VirginiaComolli)on twitter.

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2 thoughts on “#5: Virginia Comolli on Boko Haram”

  1. I think you got some facts wrong…

    1. The members of Boko Haram in Nigeria are not “disenfranchised” by any means… they might have chosen not to be politically active but no one prevented them from political participation…

    2. There has not been, and there are no “Islamist Strongholds” in Nigeria except “violence flashpoints”

    3. The efforts of the Nigerian security forces, though there may be some grey areas, has in fact helped to bring the problem under some control… The frequency of attacks has indeed reduced, if you would be honest.

    Please use the right words… don’t give people the wrong impression about Nigeria.

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