Boko Haram, an Exception within the Jihadist Movement? Politique étrangère, Vol. 80, No. 2, Summer 2015
Boko Haram was created in 2002 and has been led since 2010 by Abubakar Shekau; however, we still know little about it.
Classified variously as a sect, an insurrectionist movement, a terrorist or jihadi organization, it is thriving in a country where poverty and corruption are devastating. Local populations are caught between two evils: on one side is Boko Haram burning villages and kidnapping young women; and on the other is the Nigerian army, using brutal tactics and worsening the situation.
Article published in Politique étrangère, Vol. 80, No. 2, Summer 2015