Nicholas Kristof is on the money in his account of a) why a girls' school is more threatening to terror groups like Boko Haram than army barracks, drone bases, or police departments and b) why we, as a global community, need to support girls' education Nigeria in elsewhere. Getting more girls in school is an essential step in policy goals varying from lowering birth rates, increasing labour forces (and thus boosting the economy), raising living standards, promoting development goals, and protecting against political instability. Plus, it's the right thing to do. And as Kristof says it far more straightforward than the billion dollar strategies governments of intelligence collection, counterterrorism, or military intervention.
The greatest threat to extremism isn’t drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.