Tackling Insurgency in Nigeria Defies Single Formula

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Although deaths from the terrorist group Boko Haram are down since they peaked in 2012, the group continues to wreak havoc across the northern part of Nigeria. In 2015, the U.S. pledged more military assistance to help fight the insurgency. But as former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell tells The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder, a military-only solution will not solve the problem. Ambassador Campbell, who is now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, talks with Kaitlin about the increase in Boko Haram attacks over the past few months and why it is difficult to implement a robust response to thwart future attacks.

The Cipher Brief: A report from Voice of America last month, using data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, found terror-related deaths across Africa are down from highs in 2012. However, you told me that Boko Haram related deaths have been on the rise over the past few months. What is causing this rise? And are Boko Haram related deaths so far this year still lower than compared to 2012?

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