The Nature of Nigeria's Boko Haram War, 2010-2015: A Strategic Analysis
Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 10, No 1, 2016
12 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2014 Last revised: 28 Feb 2016
Date Written: March 1, 2016
The activities of Boko Haram in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria have highlighted the need for more effective counter-strategies. Nigeria’s difficulties in defeating Boko Haram has security ramifications that go beyond its borders, especially for West Africa. Much has been written about the origins of Boko Haram. However, thus far there has been little analysis of the nature of the conflict between Nigeria and Boko Haram. It is this lacuna that this article seeks to address by applying the concepts of hybrid war, compound war, fourth generation warfare and unrestriced warfare to the confrontation between the state and its Islamist challenger.
Keywords: Nigeria; Boko Haram; Insurgency; Hybrid Warfare; Compound War; Fourth Generation Warfare; Unrestricted Warfare
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation