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June 19, 2014

Why the West cannot ignore Boko Haram

Olivier Guitta

Originally published on Conservative Home.

‘Earlier this month, 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 3 June in which 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, by and large, underestimated Boko Haram.  For example, a troubling issue that has come to light recently is how America’s State Department did not classify Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) – even under pressure from the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department and numerous Members of Congress.’

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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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