Olabanji Akinola is a PhD candidate in the department of political science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His research interests straddle topics relating to African politics, governance, and socioeconomic development. He is the author of “Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria: Between Islamic Fundamentalism, Politics and Poverty,” African Security, 8.1 (2015): 1-29. He can be reached at oakinola@uoguelph.ca.

Statebuilding & Security | February 25, 2014

Refilling the Vacuum: Responding to the Boko Haram Insurgency

“If the Boko Haram insurgency is to be tackled effectively, a combination of well-thought-out development plans and security strategies is needed …. Bringing the State back into the lives of the people could make a significant difference in addressing youth unemployment and alienation and contribute toward institutionalizing new forms of democratic leadership, accountability, and social harmony.”

A man walks along a street in northern Nigeria.
A man walks along a street in Kano, Nigeria.
Book Reviews | January 16, 2013

Peacebuilding in the African Union: Law, Philosophy and Practice, by Abou Jeng

Despite its encounters with the international community in the past five centuries, Africa’s socioeconomic, legal, and political development remains a source of grave concern for many observers and scholars. While some trace the source of the continent’s underdevelopment to the foundational problems embedded in its historical engagements with the western world, others maintain that the […]

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