The Catholic University of America

Boko Haram Symposium

Boko Haram, a relatively unknown Islamic fundamentalist sect that originated in northeastern Nigeria, came to attention in 2002. Since then, it has gained national and international prominence, especially with the bombings of the United Nations building in Abuja, St. Theresa’s Church on Christmas Day, and the Police and Security building in Kano. Boko Haram targets innocent civilians and Nigeria’s security forces. It challenges Nigeria’s national unity and poses peace and security threats in the region and beyond. The symposium will address the socio-historical context of Boko Haram, its linkages and the current efforts taken to address its threat. Join us to discuss the implications of the movement for Nigeria, for the region, and for the international community.


Thursday, April 12th
4:30-6:30 pm
Aquinas Hall, Room 102

The Catholic University of America

Directions: CUA is conveniently located off the Red Line, Brookland Metro stop.  Please note that parking is extremely limited.  We highly recommend using the DC metro.  For a campus map and directions, please click here.

For disability accommodations please email or call 202-319-5999.


Augustine Fahey

Senior Nigeria Desk Officer
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Fr. Aniedi Okure, OP

Executive Director,
Africa Faith and Justice Network,
CUA IPR Fellow

Professor Sulayman S. Nyang

Department of African Studies,
Howard University

Professor Carl LeVan

School of International Service,
American University

Professor Stephen Schneck

Director, Insitute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies
Department of Politics,
The Catholic University of America




Hosted By:


The Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies,
The Catholic University of America