Counter-Insurgency in Nigeria: The Military and Operations against Boko Haram, 2011–2017

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This book offers a detailed examination of the counter-insurgency operations
undertaken by the Nigerian military against Boko Haram between 2011
and 2017.

Based on extensive fieldwork conducted with military units in Nigeria,
Counter-Insurgency in Nigeria has two main aims. First, it seeks to provide an
understanding of the Nigerian military’s internal role – a role that today, as a
result of internal threats, pivots towards counter-insurgency. The book illustrates how organizational culture, historical experience, institutions and doctrine are critical to understanding the Nigerian military and its attitudes and
actions against the threat of civil disobedience, today and in the past. The
second aim of the book is to examine the Nigerian military campaign against
Boko Haram insurgents – specifically, plans and operations between June
2011 and April 2017. Within this second theme, emphasis is placed on the
idea of battlefield innovation and the reorganization within the Nigerian
military since 2013, as the Nigerian Army and Air Force recalibrated themselves for COIN warfare. A certain mystique has surrounded the technicalities
of COIN operations by the Army against Boko Haram, and this book aims to
disperse that veil of secrecy. Furthermore, the work’s analysis of the Air
Force’s role in counter-insurgency is unprecedented within the literature on
military warfare in Nigeria.

This book will be of great interest to students of military studies, counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, African politics and security studies in general
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages300
ISBN (Electronic)9781315104287
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2017


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