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March 15th, 2012

Nigeria Boko Haram talks 300x199 MEDIA ALERT: Nigeria and Boko Haram in talks

ABUJA, NIGERIA – The Nigerian government has entered into peace talks with Islamic sect Boko Haram, to discuss the possibility of a ceasefire.

(Source: Reuters/EuroNews)

Analysts available for comment:

Ali A. Mazrui, Ph.D. is the professor and director of the Center for Global Cultural Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. Mazrui is also a senior scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a senior fellow of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: ali.mazrui@theglobalexperts.org

Location: New York, U.S.A.

Languages: English; Kiswahili

Chloe Berwind-Dart is a manager at Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, an international development NGO in Nigeria. Her expertise is in the field of civil society and dispute resolution. She is a trained mediator with years of experience as a print media point-person for the not-for-profit organizations she has served in both Boston and Abuja, Nigeria.

CONTACT: chloe.berwind-dart@theglobalexperts.org

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Language: English

Afyare A. Elmi, Ph.D. is a Somali-Canadian political scientist. He teaches international politics at the Qatar University’s International Affairs Department. He is specialized in international security, conflict and peace-building, political Islam and African security and development.

CONTACT: a.abdielmi@globalexpertfinder.org

Location: Doha, Qatar

Languages: English; Somali

Sarjoh Bah is a Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator of African Security Institutions, at New York Universitys Center on International Cooperation. He is a leading authority on security cooperation in Africa with a particular focus on the African Union.

CONTACT: asarjoh.bah@theglobalexperts.org

Location: New York, U.S.A.

Language: English

Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos is a specialist on armed conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris. He has lived in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya and is the author of many articles and books on the conflicts of sub-Saharan Africa.

CONTACT: marc.perouse@theglobalexperts.org

Location: Paris, France

Languages: English; French

Bill Ury is a highly experienced conflict negotiation adviser and mediator and chairman of the Abraham Path Initiative, a project which seeks to create unity between faiths through creating a permanent path of tourism and pilgrimage.

CONTACT: bill.ury@theglobalexperts.org

Location: Boston, U.S.A.

Languages: English, French

Fabienne Hara is Vice-President of International Crisis Group, and former Acting Chief of the Political Affairs Division for the UN Mission in Sudan. She has over fifteen years of experience in African conflict management and resolution issues.

CONTACT: fabienne.hara@theglobalexperts.org

Location: New York, USA

Languages: English, French

Photo: Abuja, Nigeria, Aug. 26, 2011 — A UN vehicle with its windows shattered inside the UN house after the blast in Abuja. A bomb blast at the United Nations building in Abuja killed at least 16 people.

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