GTTAC Speaker Series: Jacob Zenn

The Global Terrorism Trends and Analysis Center on Oct. 22 hosted its second Speaker Series event, featuring Jacob Zenn (pictured below, at left), who discussed Boko Haram and other jihadist movements in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Zenn described the origins of Boko Haram in Nigeria and its roots in al-Qa’ida. He also laid out several differences between ISIS-West Africa Province and Boko Haram, both in their operational capacities, histories, and in their interpretations of doctrine. GTTAC Co–Project Director Louise Shelley (below, right) hosted the discussion and followed Dr. Zenn’s narrative with questions of her own and from the audience.


Dr. Zenn is an adjunct professor on African armed movements and violent nonstate actors in world politics at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program. He also is a fellow on African and Eurasian affairs for the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. His book Unmasking Boko Haram: Exploring Global Jihad in Nigeria was published earlier this year.

GTTAC will host more of these events in the future, featuring speakers who are experts in the fields of terrorism, counterterrorism, and international security.

If case you were unable to attend yesterday’s event, we will distribute a link to the fully recorded webinar soon. To attend future events, please contact GTTAC Project Director Adam Blackwell (, who will add you to our mailing list.  

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