||Fr. Atta Barkindo, Ph.D. is the Director of The Kukah Centre: Faith, Leadership and Public Policy Research, Abuja-Nigeria. He is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Yola, Northeast Nigeria. He was educated in Egypt and Italy on Arabic, Political Islam and Inter-Faith Dialogue. He had his MSc in African Politics in 2012 and he also completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, University of London in 2016. His PhD research project, titled ‘‘History, Memory and Resistance in Northern Nigeria: The Transformation of Boko Haram,’’ was awarded the Horowitz Foundation grant for Social Policy. In 2015, Fr. Atta specialised in Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremists, at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore.
From 2014 to 2016, Fr. Atta consulted for the European Union Technical Assistance to Nigeria’s Evolving Security Challenges. In May 2016, he was selected as a member of the United Nations Group of Experts to review the UN Handbook on Countering Violent Extremism in Africa. Currently, he consults for the European Union Support to Nigeria’s Prison-Based Deradicalisation Programme. He is Research Fellow for Open Doors International, Netherlands, the World Watch Monitor, UK and Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict, University of South Florida. Fr. Atta is also a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Africa Research Institute, London. He has authored the following reports: Internal Migration, Citizenship and Conflict in the Middle Belt Region of Nigeria; Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the Context of the Boko Haram Conflict and Boko Haram’s Exploitation of History and Memory. He has also written a substantial number of articles and opinion pieces. His forth-coming book: Boko Haram: History, Dispossession and Resistance will be out in November 2018.
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