On February 18, 2015, CNA Corporation convened a small group event on the topic of "Aiding Cameroon’s Effort to Counter Boko Haram." In this event, which CNA Corp. held as part of our growing line of research on security issues in West Africa and the Sahel, a small panel of high-level participants from key United States government (USG) agencies, think tanks, and international agencies offered considerable insights and expertise on this topic. Specifically, participants discussed the nature of Boko Haram as an organization, the threat that Boko Haram presents to Cameroon and the government of Cameroon’s response to date, and recommendations for the USG going forward.
This is a technical report on the current and future states of deadly force policy, training, investigations, and practice in the Philadelphia Police Department. The assessment was conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers, analysts, and subject matter experts over a 12-month period.
This occasional paper describes CNA Corp. research on the Nigeria Police Force’s (NPF) history, authorities and structure, funding, past abuses and attempts at reform, and performance during and after Nigeria’s 2011 Presidential Election. Based on this research, the paper also looks forward to anticipate NPF performance and issues during the upcoming Nigerian Presidential Election. Ultimately, the paper concludes that the NPF remains plagued by corruption, inadequate training, and a lack of resources. Incompetence, predatory behavior, and widespread human rights abuses have deeply alienated the force from the population the NPF is intended to serve, making it next to impossible for the NPF to develop the intelligence information necessary to anticipate and thwart election-related violence. As such, CNA Corporation’s research suggests that expectations about the NPF’s performance in the upcoming elections should remain low.