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Title: African neo-conservatism : investigating the ideology and practice of Nigeria's foreign policy and related security behaviour since 1999
Author: Bakare, Olukayode D.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7961 2471
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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Nigeria is a country located in the West African sub-region. It is the most populous country and potentially the biggest economy in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also characterised as a regional hegemon, emerging middle power and potentially Africa's major power in the twenty-first century. After the transition of Nigeria to democratic governance in 1999, it immediately sought a redirection in its foreign policy approach towards nurturing and advancing democracy, peace, and security in sub-Saharan Africa. A salient feature of Nigerian strategic and foreign policy since 1999 has been its engagement with, as well as reaffirmation and commitment to, the pursuit of its neo-conservative objectives through the African Union, ECOWAS, multilateral organisations such as the UN, the Commonwealth, EU, NATO and the key global powers such as the US, the UK, France and Russia. Despite this strategic shift in Nigeria's high foreign policy after its return to democracy in 1999, and coupled with the increased amount of literature on its diplomatic and foreign policy, particularly towards the first decade of the twenty-first century, this literature rarely offers a comprehensive and in-depth study of what constitutes Nigeria's 'African' neo-conservative foreign policy and how the country has advanced neo-conservative foreign policy objectives in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of this literature is of a limited, prescriptive and descriptive nature. Consequently, the primary objective of this thesis has been to illuminate the real neoconservative character of Nigeria's strategic and foreign policy since 1999. This thesis contributes to knowledge by offering a deeper comprehensive, methodological and theoretical analysis of Nigeria's strategic and foreign policy towards the promotion of peace, security, development, and democracy since the return to democracy in 1999, with a focus on subSaharan Africa. Contrary to most literature on Nigerian foreign policy, the conclusion is reached that Nigeria's high foreign policy and related security behaviour following the return to civilian rule in 1999 have therefore been focused on nurturing democracy and promoting peace and security in Africa.
Supervisor: Wyllie, James H. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Conservatism ; Democratization ; Nigeria