Boko Haram's Evolving Threat
by J. Peter Pham
Africa Security Brief (Africa Center for Strategic Studies)
April 5, 2012
The Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram has grown increasingly virulent since late 2010, reflecting a major change in its capacity, tactics, and ideology, due in part to its expanding links with transnational terrorist organizations. On the other hand, support for the group within some marginalized Muslim communities suggests that security actions alone will not be sufficient to quell the instability.