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About Morten Bøås

Morten Bøås is a research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in west-central Africa, and published articles in (among others) the Journal of Modern African Studies, Africa Spectrum, Politique Africaine, Third World Quarterly, the Journal of Intervention & Statebuilding, Global Governance, Globalizations, and the European Journal of Development Research. His books include The Politics of Conflict Economies: Miners, Merchants and Warriors in the African Boderland, London: Routledge, 2015 and (with Kevin Dunn) The Politics of Origin in Africa: Autochthony, Citizenship and Conflict, London: Zed Books, 2013.

Articles by Morten Bøås

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Central African Republic: the long and winding road

The good news is that the violent factions in the Central African Republic have agreed to ban child soldiering. The bad news is that a viable CAR state remains a long way off.

Fear, rumours and violence: Boko Haram’s asymmetrical warfare

While the global media were transfixed by the Islamist killings in Paris, Boko Haram was engaging in further massacres in north-east Nigeria and even over the border in Cameroon. How has its campaign escalated?

The Nigerian state: no match for Boko Haram?

The latest Boko Haram atrocity in Nigeria will not be the last. The incapacity of the state and looming elections mean more violence can be expected.

Central African Republic: history of a collapse foretold?

Political instability and administrative weakness have been permanent features of the Central African Republic since independence. What has happened in recent weeks is tragic but is neither genocide nor a full-blown sectarian conflict. This can still be avoided if the international forces behave impartially towards the two main religious communities.

Nigeria: the challenge of “Boko Haram II”

The radical Islamist group Boko Haram poses an increasing threat to the Nigerian state in the country’s north. How has it become so powerful and effective? The ingredients of an answer lie in the complex history, power-relationships and social inequalities of this marginalised region, says Morten Bøås.

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