This thesis research analyses the elements that have made the West African region the milieu for extremist organizations since the beginning of the 21st Century. The research compares Mali and Nigeria and explores the main factors that explain the recrudescence of extremist activities in these two countries since the early 1920's. The research examines further the interplay between Transnational Organized Crime and extremist groups in West Africa while examining possible reasons why these organizations are able to operate almost unhindered across borders, to such an extent that their respective states are rendered almost irrelevant.


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Graduation Date


Submission Date

February 2016

First Advisor

Pinfari, Marco

Committee Member 1

Elnur, Ibrahim

Committee Member 2

Tschirgi, Dan


122 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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