Managing the journey out of violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin

Dealing with ex-Boko Haram combatants and associates presents complex strategic and policy challenges.

In the highly volatile Lake Chad Basin region, dealing with ex-Boko Haram combatants and associates presents complex strategic and policy challenges for local, national and regional stakeholders. Understanding why and how individuals journey out of extremism is necessary to shape approaches to rehabilitation, reintegration and reconciliation. These insights also provide a path from countering violent extremism to peacebuilding and long-term stability.

About the authors

Fonteh Akum is Executive Director of the ISS

Remadji Hoinathy is a Senior Researcher in Lake Chad Basin Programme

Malik Samuel is a Researcher in the Lake Chad Basin Programme

The authors were supported in conducting the research for this report by Aissa Ibrahim Moustapha, Evelyne Taryam, Teniola Tayo, Jeannine Ella Abatan, Adder Abel Gwoda, Regis Zambo, Oumar Abdelbanat and Bagana Mai Moussa.

Cover image: Dominique Catton/EU Flickr

Development partners
This research was supported financially by the Government of the Netherlands, the Government of Denmark as well as the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s Regional Representation for West Africa. The ISS extends its gratitude to the management and staff of Operation Safe Corridor in Nigeria and the High Authority for Peacebuilding in Niger for their cooperation.

The ISS is also grateful for the support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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