In recent years, violent insurgency has gripped the margins of Kenya, Mali and Nigeria. Militant Islamist groups have attacked civilian populations, state security personnel and political-administrative officials, spreading insecurity across large areas and exploiting the mistrust between societies at the margins and central authorities.
Just two days before the presidential transition took place in Nigeria and following the upswing of violence in Mali that is undermining the already fragile peace process, this timely debate organised in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies, brought together an expert panel to examine the drivers of insurgent violence in Kenya, Mali and Nigeria.
Speakers: Dr Jeremy Lind, Institute of Development Studies (IDS); Caitriona Dowd, Armed Conflict Location & Event Dataset (ACLED); Aden Abdi, Conciliation Resources ; Dr Yvan Guichaoua, University of East Anglia; Bala Liman, SOAS. Chaired by Professor Stephen Chan, SOAS.