How viable is dialogue with al-Shabaab and Boko Haram?

Although negotiating with terror groups is sensitive and difficult, it needs to be explored as a policy option.

Dialogue with terror groups
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The campaign against terror groups in the Lake Chad Basin and Horn of Africa relies heavily on the use of force as a strategy. However, this approach is yet to deliver a sustainable solution. Although dialogue with terror groups is a sensitive and complex undertaking, it needs to be explored as a policy option that can complement existing counter-terrorism approaches.

About the Author

Dr Akinola Olojo is a senior researcher in the Transnational Threats and International Crime Programme in Pretoria. Before this, he was a visiting scholar at the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po), France, and also a visiting research fellow at the International Centre for Counter- Terrorism (ICCT), The Hague.

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This policy brief is funded by the government of Norway. The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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