Paul Lubeck from Johns Hopkins University-School of Advanced International Studies discusses the structural and discursive forces driving Boko Haram in Nigeria, and how the convergence of these factors has shaped the country's current political landscape.
Paul M. Lubeck is Associate Director of the African Studies Program and Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Co-Director of the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founding Executive Director of the Everett Program for Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship (everettprogram.org). His understanding of African societies emerged first from organizing rural cooperatives in Hausa-speaking villages of the Niger Republic. Lubeck’s current research combines a nuanced explanation for the rise of Islamist movements in West Africa with a pragmatic promotion of employment-generating industries in northern Nigeria. For the past 30 years, he has analyzed the impact of globalization on Muslim movements in Nigeria while affiliated with Bayero University, Ahmadu Bello University, the University of Ibadan, the Centre for Democracy and Development (Abuja) and the Centre for Information Technology and Development (Kano). Professor Lubeck’s first book, Islam and Urban Labor in Northern Nigeria,was awarded the Herskovits Prize in 1987.
Recorded on Oct. 30, 2014