Boko Haram: Insights, Lessons and Prospects

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•06•16    13:00 - 14:45
    New York

    On 16 June 2015, the United Nations University will host a lunchtime policy forum to launch the new book entitled Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency (Hurst, 2015) by Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). In this timely new volume, Ms. Comolli analyses the origins, evolution and ideology of Boko Haram. She describes Boko Haram’s regionalization with expanded operations across West Africa and links to al-Qaeda affiliated groups — and now ISIS.

    About the Policy Forum

    Ms. Comolli will present her findings, followed by responses from a series of senior experts and stakeholders. The panel will consider the impact of Boko Haram on Nigeria and the region, and the role of the international community in addressing it. In particular, the panel will explore the role of the UN Development Programme and the UN Department of Political Affairs. The panel will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

    Speakers will include:

    • Ms. Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    • H.E. Mrs. U. Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
    • Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Department of Political Affairs
    • Mr. Joseph U. Oji, Regional Advisor/West Africa Cluster Team Leader, Regional Bureau for Africa
    • Dr. Alexander Evans, Coordinator, Al-Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations
    • Ambassador John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (TBC)


    Advance registration (by 12 June) is suggested. Please note, however, that space is limited and the event may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. Participants needing a UN grounds pass can pick one up upon entry to the event at the UN visitor’s entrance on 45th street and 1st Avenue starting at 12:45 pm. Should you need a UN grounds pass, please register at least one week prior to the event to guarantee entry.

    Please click on the register button above to access the online registration page.

  • United Nations Headquarters
    Conference Room 11