More than propaganda: a review of Boko Haram’s public messages

For a group that is extremely secretive, Boko Haram has ensured its narrative is publicly disseminated.

Messaging has been an important aspect of the public outreach of the violent extremist organisation commonly known as Boko Haram. While significant attention has been given to what Boko Haram has done in terms of violent attacks, less has been devoted to what Boko Haram has said in terms of messaging content. By examining its record of public statements, important clues can be gleaned regarding the otherwise secretive group’s operational processes and strategic outlook.

About the author

Omar S Mahmood joined the ISS in August 2016 as a researcher in the Peace and Security Programme. Before joining the ISS, Omar worked as an international security consultant focused on the Lake Chad Basin and Horn of Africa regions; a senior analyst for a Washington DC-based consulting firm; and a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. He obtained his MA in Security Studies and Conflict Resolution from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston.

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This report was made possible with the support of the government of the Netherlands. The ISS is also grateful for support from the other members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United States.
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