BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON NIGERIA IN 2060: THE CHALLENGE OF GRAND
A CALL FOR
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
1914-1960: Challenges of Amalgamation
Historical Review (1914-2014) one hundred years of
Issues in Nigerian Politics (from self government to
Comparative National Security Strategies
Constitutional Development Issues
1960-2012: Problems of Nation Building
Power and Energy Infrastructure: The Challenges and
the Way Forward.
Agriculture and Development: The Path to Self
The Imperative for a solid Foundation.
Education: Addressing the Shortcomings in the Public Secondary
Education: For the acquisition of job specific skills.
Building a Strong University System for Global Competitiveness.
III: 2013-2060: The Nigeria of our Dream: The Road Map and
Science and Technology.
Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
of Road Infrastructure.
of Rail Infrastructure.
of Inland Waterways Infrastructure.
Aviation Sector in Nigeria: Making Nigeria, the Hub of Aviation
Industry in Africa.
Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and Relations:
Comparative Development Strategies
Global Foreign Policy Scenarios, 2013-2033
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.
are to be sent to the Director General via the following e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org not later than two weeks from the
date of this publication.
information, please contact the following: Telephone Numbers:
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
EXTENT OF THE ESSAY
The theme for
2013 is: Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and the
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.
entry form, click here
should provide their bio data and also indicate their telephone
numbers and e-mail addresses on the cover page of their essays.
competition is open to both public and private universities
recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Nigeria.
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:
Law and Diplomacy
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.
FOR SUBMISSION OF ESSAYS
participating students should submit their essays via
email@example.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.
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: