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NATIONAL BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON NIGERIA IN 2060: THE CHALLENGE OF GRAND STRATEGY

 

A CALL FOR PAPERS

 

In line with its mandate as a Policy and Research Institute on International Affairs, and also in the spirit of the Transformation Agenda of the Administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, the NIIA is organizing a 2-week Brainstorming Session on: Nigeria in 2060: The Challenge of Grand Strategy. The NIIA School of Thought is of the firm belief that the Transformation Agenda must be anchored on a philosophy that is both Research and Development oriented not just for immediate needs but particularly for posterity. This is because Nigeria is yet to have a holistic Grand Strategy for Development at all levels of societal life. There is also the imperative need to fashion out a holistic and methodological Grand Strategy that will propel Nigeria to global reckoning commensurate with its size and population.

 

The NIIA, as a Think-Tank, is taking this bold initiative to generate a multidisciplinary reflection by Nigerians of diverse professional and scholarly expertise in order to draw a new multidisciplinary road map towards a sovereign Nigeria at 100 years as distinct from amalgamation of Nigeria at 100 in 2014. The National brainstorming Session will emphasise Foreign Relations as a basis for enhanced National Development. In effect, the Foreign Policy, particularly Citizen Diplomacy, is considered a potent force in the attainment of the objectives of Government’s Transformation Agenda.

 

It is against this background that the NIIA invites contributions from the general public, all professional associations and organizations, diplomatists, academics, seasoned professionals and civil/public officials, especially the senior citizens in the following sub-themes:

 

I: 1914-1960: Challenges of Amalgamation

·          Historical Review (1914-2014) one hundred years of Amalgamation.

·          Issues in Nigerian Politics (from self government to the present)

·          Comparative National Security Strategies

·          Constitutional Development Issues

·          Economic Issues

 

II: 1960-2012: Problems of Nation Building

·          Power and Energy Infrastructure: The Challenges and the Way Forward.

·          Agriculture and Development: The Path to Self Reliance.

·          Education:

(a)      Primary Education: The Imperative for a solid Foundation.

(b)      Secondary Education: Addressing the Shortcomings in the Public Secondary Education System.

(c)      Vocational Education: For the acquisition of job specific skills.

(d)      Tertiary Education: Building a Strong University System for Global Competitiveness.

 

III:           2013-2060: The Nigeria of our Dream: The Road Map and

Challenges

·          Science and Technology.

·          Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

·          Social development.

·          Governance.

·          Transportation:

Development of Road Infrastructure.

Development of Rail Infrastructure.

Development of Inland Waterways Infrastructure.

Civil Aviation Sector in Nigeria: Making Nigeria, the Hub of     Aviation Industry in Africa.

·          Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and Relations:

Economic and Development Diplomacy

Citizen Diplomacy

·          Comparative Development Strategies

·          Global Foreign Policy Scenarios, 2013-2033

 

Contributors are expected to delineate appropriate titles for their papers along with an abstract of not more than three quarters of a page and use 12 point font size (Times New Roman). Emphasis should be on drawing road map to 2060.

 

All abstracts are to be sent to the Director General via the following e-mail: director-general1@hotmail.com not later than two weeks from the date of this publication.

 

For further information, please contact the following:  Telephone Numbers: 08034737950, 08098180164

 

 

NIIA FOREIGN POLICY ESSAY COMPETITION - 2013

 

The NIIA is pleased to announce the commencement of its 2013 Foreign Policy Essay Competition, the second in the series. The objective is to further arouse the interest of students of international relations and political science, etc., in Nigerian universities on the growing complexities and diversities in the relations among nations and their implications for Nigeria. More importantly, it is meant to strengthen the foreign policy community in Nigeria by broadening the base of Citizen Diplomacy and, by so doing, deepening the involvement of the public in foreign policy making and implementation. Containment of threats to national defense and security is a collective responsibility. This is why every Nigerian must also be interested in international relations as means of self-defense.

 

TITLE AND EXTENT OF THE ESSAY

The theme for 2013 is: Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and the Transformation Agenda

 

The essay should be in Times New Roman, font size 12 and should not exceed six thousand words. Notes should be at the bottom of the page (foot noting) and references should be at the end. Microsoft Word 2007 should be used.

 

To download entry form, click here

 

Participants should provide their bio data and also indicate their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses on the cover page of their essays.

 

Institutional Eligibility

 

The competition is open to both public and private universities recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Nigeria.

 

STUDENTS ELIGIBILITY

Participation is restricted only to the best three final year graduating students with the highest cumulative point average in the following departments as applicable to the various Nigerian universities:

 

·          Political Science

·          International Relations.

·          Diplomatic History

·          Law and Diplomacy

·          Strategic Studies

·          Economics

·          Development Studies

 

The implication is that there will be only three contestants per department. Heads of the various departments are please requested to bring this information to the attention of their students.

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ESSAYS

All participating students should submit their essays via director-general1@hotmail.com before June 30, 2013. The best three essays and awards will be announced and given at the institute’s Founders Day ceremony in December 2013.

 

PRIZES

Prizes will include membership of the NIIA, internship at the NIIA, books, monetary awards and consolation prizes. For further enquiries, please contact the Deputy Director, Public Affairs on Telephone Nos: 01-9500983, 08034737950.

 

 

 

 

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