Since its emergence in 1960 as an independent state, Nigeria has stood out as the most populous Black country in the world. In Africa’s International Relations in a Globalising World: Perspectives on Nigerian Foreign Policy at Sixty and Beyond, edited by Usman A. Tar and Sharkdam Wapmuk, contributors examine Nigeria’s role within Africa, as well as internationally.
This book shows how Nigeria has used the platforms of international organisations to advance its interests while fulfilling its regional and global obligations. The contributors address areas such as Nigeria’s economic development and policies, Nigeria’s relationship with other countries, and the urgent challenge of countering terrorism in the context of ensuring sustainable development. The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the fore the need for strong global relations and reminded humanity of the importance of multilateral solutions to global problems such as health. The editors and contributors address essential questions such as how well has Nigerian foreign policy and its practice of diplomacy served national interest, and what more needs to be done to assure of better results now and into the future.
Usman A. Tar is distinguished endowed professor of defence and security studies and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Nigerian Defence Academy.
Sharkdam Wapmuk is associate professor of defence and security studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy.
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Chapter 1: Introduction: Understanding the Trajectory of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy- Reflections on Nigeria’s Journey from Balewa to Buhari
Usman A. Tar and Sharkdam Wapmuk
Chapter 2: Nigeria's Foreign Policy at 60 and Nation-Building: The Conceptual, Contextual and Theoretical Dimensions
Bola A. Akinterinwa
Chapter 3: Federalism and Nigerian Foreign Policy: Reflections on 60 Years of Statehood - Solomon Ayegba Usman, Najeem Folasayo Salaam and Sharkdam Wapmuk
Chapter 4: Legislative - Executive Relations and Foreign Policy During Obasanjo’s Era
Elizabeth Aishatu Bature and Usman A. Tar
Chapter 5: The Interface of Foreign Policy and Elections in Nigeria
Abubakar Mohammed and Sulaiman Y. Balarabe Kura
Chapter 6: Nigeria-Russia Relations: Emerging Dynamics and Prospects of a Strategic Partnership
Warisu Oyesina Alli
Chapter 7: Maintaining Balance in a Whirlwind: Conflicts and Interests in Nigeria-Middle East Relations
Chapter 8: Nigeria and the ECOWAS: Beyond 45 Years of Regional Integration Efforts
Freedom Chukwudi Onuoha and Joseph Chukwunonso Akogwu
Chapter 9:Placing Diaspora Policy at the Heart of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy
Chapter 10: Peacekeeping as an Instrument of Nigerian Foreign Policy in Africa: An Appraisal of the Impacts and Challenges
Chapter 11: African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) and Economic Integration in Africa: Implications for Nigeria
Okojokwu Kennedy Ogbole and Iloh Judithmary Ogochukwu
Chapter 12: Conclusion: Circumventing Contemporary Challenges and Future Trajectories for Nigerian Foreign Policy Beyond COVID-19
Sharkdam Wapmuk and Usman A. Tar
"In this edited volume, Tar, Wapmuk, and their collaborators provide a granular analyses of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy over the last sixty years. Their incisive attention to conceptual and empirical evidence, as well as the debates on Nigeria’s role in Africa and the world, makes this book a major contribution in the field of African international relations. A timely contribution, indeed, to our understanding of Nigeria and its role in global affairs."