Date of Award
Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (SOPA)
Ph.D. in Administration of Justice
Ihekwoaba D Onwudiwe
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
Committee Member 3
Boko Haram, coalition, ISIS, Islam, security, Terrorism
The literature on terrorism indicates that religion, cultures of origin, and environmental factors play globally critical roles in the emergence of terrorist groups worldwide. Terrorists use violence and threats to strike fear and intimidate people and governments into pursuing their religious, political, and ideological goals. One of the deadliest jihadist groups, Boko Haram, emerged in the early 2000s with a jihadist agenda mainly focused on Nigeria’s Islamization. In 2009, it launched violent attacks in Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest economy, and currently controls a large swathe of territory in its northeastern part. In its desire to create a caliphate, Boko Haram swore allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Empirical evidence suggests that the Nigerian government has not been able to ward off its aggression successfully. There are, however, gaps in the literature regarding the nature and complexity of the Boko Haram-ISIS alliance in Nigeria. The collateral consequences of such a coalition with its attendant global security threats are understudied, and this dissertation intends to fill that gap by expounding on the literature’s strengths and limitations, using the Global Terrorism Database and qualitative secondary data analysis from 2000–2020. The research will examine the anomic situation in Nigeria and the instability resulting from the breakdown of social norms. This will be done through the application of anomie and strain theories. Finally, the data findings will guide proactive suggestions for criminological policies and future research recommendations for the Nigerian securitization solution. Keywords: Terrorism, Boko Haram, ISIS, Islam, security, coalition, the Nigerian military.
Copyright © for this work is retained by the author. Any documents and information presented are protected by copyright under US Copyright laws and are the property of the author. All Rights Reserved. For permission to use this content please contact the author or the Graduate School at Texas Southern University (email@example.com).
Ben-Edet, Emmanuel, "Terrorism: A Case Study of The Global Security Threat of Boko Haram and The ISIS Alliance in Nigeria" (2022). Dissertations (2016-Present). 8.