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Title:Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria: the international dimension
Authors:Onapajo, HakeemISNI
Uzodike, Ufo OkekeISNI
Whetho, AyoISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic terms:Nigeria
United States
Subjects:Islamic movements
international relations
regional security
foreign policy
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10220461.2012.740319
Abstract:The terrorist group Boko Haram, or the self-described People of the Tradition of the Prophet (SAW) for Preaching and Striving, continues to terrorise Nigeria, with horrible consequences. Clearly, study of the problem cannot be disconnected from the complex nature of Boko Haram itself, considering the group's unclear agenda and its shadowy sponsors - internal or external. A key question regarding the nature of Boko Haram is whether it has a transnational dimension or not. This paper examines the nature of Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria. It argues that Boko Haram's terrorism does indeed have a transnational dimension, demonstrating that its agenda and targets transcend Nigeria, and that there are international links to the operations of Boko Haram. Given this international dimension, what concerns does Boko Haram generate for countries outside Nigeria, notably the United States, and what are their responses to the group's continued acts of terrorism? This analysis is contextualized within the charged debate on the definition of terrorism and the modern trend of religious terrorism in the international arena. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]