Nigeria-India Relations in a Changing World covers critical issues in the relations between these two countries in a single volume. Even though the relationship between Nigeria and India is characterized by a sense of continuity, changes in the world since the end of the Cold War have necessitated that the two countries recalibrate their foreign policies and adjust their domestic economies along with their approaches to governance. Sharkdam Wapmuk provides an in-depth examination of the contextual, theoretical, and historical foundations of Nigeria-India relations. He analyzes Nigerian and Indian economic relations and contemporary dynamics in strategic engagement between the two countries.The book concludes with an exploration of the new normal for Nigeria-India relations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Sharkdam Wapmuk is associate professor with the Department of Defence and Security Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
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Introduction: Nigeria and India as Strategic Partners in Africa
Part I: Contextual, Theoretical and Historical Foundations of Nigeria-India Relations
Chapter One: The Contexts of Nigeria and India Relations: Domestic Imperatives, Foreign Policy and Roles Perceptions
Chapter Two: Conceptual and Theoretical Issues in Nigeria-India Relations
Chapter Three: The Eagle and Elephant: Evolution of Nigeria-India Relations
Part II: Leveraging on Nigeria and India Economic Relations
Chapter Four: Trade as the Fulcrum in Nigeria-India Relations
Chapter Five: Investments Relations between Nigeria and India
Chapter Six: Perspectives on Technical and Consultancy Cooperation, Joint Ventures and Indian Companies in Nigeria
Chapter Seven: Nigeria-India Cooperation in the Agricultural Sector
Part III: Contemporary Dynamics in Nigeria-India Relations and Strategic Engagements
Chapter Eight: Nigeria-India People-to-People Relations
Chapter Nine: Medical Tourism and Indian Investments in the Nigerian Health Sector
Chapter Ten: Military Cooperation and the Contributions of Nigeria and India to International Peacekeeping Operations
Chapter Eleven: Nigeria-India and the Fight Against Terrorism and Insurgency
Chapter Twelve: Nigeria-India Relations in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
Conclusion: Continuity and Change in Nigeria-India Bilateral Relations
In this innovative book on Nigeria-India Relations in a Changing World, Sharkdam Wapmuk makes a monumental contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the social, economic, political, and military interactions between two important Global South state actors, namely Nigeria and India. Meticulously drawing comparative data from archival sources, field interviews, and international relations literature, Wapmuk provides a nuanced and in-depth analyses of bilateral and interdependent cooperation between Nigeria and India in diverse sectors including trade, agriculture, health, security, and peacekeeping. The fascinating argument and empirical evidence deployed by the author in this book will be of immense importance to scholars, students, and foreign policy decision-makers.
India-Nigeria ties are fraternal and time-tested, rooted in Afro-Asian solidarity. Today India is the world’s largest democracy and among its largest economies. Nigeria is the most populous democracy and largest economy of Africa.
Given our respective challenges and growth aspirations, our cooperation will acquire great strategic significance in future. How much business we do together will impact our national economic development. Our security will become mutual. Our shared views on global issues will affect billions of lives.
In this context, Prof. Sharkdam Wapmuk’s book Nigeria-India Relations in a Changing World, full of deep understanding and vast knowledge, is timely and of immense value for scholars and practitioners alike.
Sharkdam Wapmuk’s book Nigeria–India Relations in a Changing World will be a welcome addition to the existing literature on Afro-Asian relations in general and Nigeria-India relations in particular. It provides a Nigerian perspective on the evolution and dynamics of the changing relationship between the two countries. It situates the relationship in the wider context of India-Africa relations and weaves into the narrative the historical, diplomatic, social, economic, and security dimensions of their interactions. Wapmuk’s incisive insights and analysis of the bilateral relations between India and Nigeria would be of great interest to policymakers, analysts, scholars, and also to those who are following developments in Afro-Asian relations.