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Boko Haram
June 16, 2014

The West cannot afford for any more of Nigeria to be run by jihadists

Olivier Guitta

Originally published in National Post

‘Last week, London hosted a follow-up meeting to the Paris Summit on security in Nigeria. This took place in the context of ever-increasing attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram, such as the one on June 3, where hundreds of people (estimates go as high as 500) were killed in raids in northern Nigeria. These recent events have garnered significant media interest and led to the development of a concerted international effort to track down the missing girls. But how long will this co-operation last?

One can reasonably ask the question since the international community has been by and large underestimating Boko Haram.  For instance, a troubling issue that has come to light recently is how the Clinton State Department did not classify Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, even under pressure from the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department and numerous members of Congress. It took the United States until November 2013 to designate the group as an FTO. Yet, as a new report from the Henry Jackson Society shows, the links between Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda are numerous and go back over a decade. In this context, it is ironic that the international community did not take the Boko Haram matter seriously, rather than pointing fingers at the Nigerian government for its supposed failings…’

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Olivier Guitta

About Olivier Guitta

Olivier Guitta is the Director of Research at the Henry Jackson Society, responsible for setting the strategic agenda for the research department and overseeing the Society’s academic focus, as well as conducting his own research on geopolitics in the MENA region. He is an expert on security and counter-terrorism, having briefed the UK Home Office, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the European Union, the United States Congress and NATO, as well as US presidential candidates, SOCOM and Europol. He is a regular speaker at international security conferences and has lectured at the National Defense University and the Joint Special Operations University.

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