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RESEARCH DEPARTMENT


The Research and Studies Department is the nerve centre of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs charged with the development and execution of primary and secondary research projects of the Institute. In the fulfillment of its mandate, the Department organizes conferences, seminars, symposia and lectures for the enlightenment of the general public. The Department coordinates the research activities through its five divisions: International Politics, International Law and Organisation, International Economic Relations, Security and Strategic Studies and African Politics and Integration.       

                            

The Division of International Politics

Division of International Law and Organisations

Division of International Economic Relations

Division of Security and Strategic Studies

The Division of African Politics and Integration

 

 

The Division of International Politics

The Division of International Politics can be defined as the pillar of research activities in the Institute in the sense that every subject, issue or topic that comes up for examination has a necessary linkage to the pattern of political relations between sovereign states.

Fundamentally, underlying international politics is the matter of power and the use of power (who makes decisions, who controls etc.) that explains why one country can protect and project its interests, while the other cannot. The exercise of power in the international arena generates some dynamics (including politics) at the national, bilateral, multilateral, regional and global levels of relations. This constitutes the basis of international politics in this era and the focus of the research efforts of the division. Some of the research focus of the Division includes the dynamics of global interaction, conflict and cooperation, globalization, science, technology and development, migration matters and development cooperation among others.

 

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Division of International Law and Organisations

One dimension of the Division's research focus is international law, which in its classical sense is understood as a collection of rules governing relations between states. In its broadest sense international law provides normative guidelines as well as methods, mechanisms and a common conceptual language for international actors.

Thus, in addition to traditional issues pertaining to war, peace and diplomacy, the Division also focuses on questions of human rights, as well as economic and trade issues.

The other dimension of the Division, international organizations, is one of the sources and actors of international law. Alongside nation-states, international organizations are major actors in the international system. Their vast numbers and functional diversity ensure that they focus upon virtually every issue of international significance. In addition, they are key players in structuring international relations. The Division of International Law and Organizations also examines the roles of international organizations with particular respect to issues that are of importance to Nigeria and the continent of Africa. Institutions that have provided sustained frameworks for the conduct of Nigeria's multilateral diplomacy such as the United Nations, African Union, Economic Community of West African States and the Commonwealth have been areas of continuous research efforts. Globalisation, international economic relations, multilateralism in world affairs, inter-state border disputes and the continuing concern for conflict resolution and peace-building are also areas of research interest of the Division.

 

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Division of International Economic Relations

This division is concerned with today's daunting problems of underdevelopment, poverty, external debt, the challenges of neo-liberal development programmes, relations with multilateral institutions, marginalization, environmental degradation, and others. The research activities of the division are informed by the realities of contemporary globalization and its impact on the development of Third World countries. We understand development as structural transformation, meaning the economic growth of national economies, coupled with the material improvement in the lives of their citizens as demonstrated in increased equity and drastic reduction in the poverty level. We accept the definition of globalization as the process through which an increasingly free flow of ideas, people, goods, services and capital leads to the integration of economies and societies. We are thus broadly interested in the development impact of global economic integration, the appropriateness of market-led policies and the role of multilateral institutions, global trade regime, technology transfer, south-south cooperation and the dynamics mix of the challenges of domestic and the external factors in international economic relations and development.

 

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Division of Security and Strategic Studies

The Division of Security and Strategic Studies was established to provide informed policy advice to government and enlightenment to the public on security and defense matters. It also through Conferences, Seminars, Roundtables, Public Lectures, Workshops and publications provide materials on the security situation and challenges in the country, the sub-region and Africa and, to stake-holders in the international system.

Another area of the work of the Division is on Conflict Management and Resolution, Peacekeeping, Humanitarian aspects of conflicts and Post-conflict Peace Building. Most conflicts in Africa today are due to poor governance, identity issues, lack of access to governance of resources, marginalization and problems associated with political succession. Accordingly, the Division of Security and Strategic Studies focuses its research agenda on these issues.

Closely related to conflict is the issue of humanitarian emergencies which create internal displacement and refugee problems.

The above also determine the philosophy of the Division on security generally and the relationship between security and development and the resulting security sector reforms. The challenges of development do in themselves also generate the kind of situation that undermines peace and stability. Accordingly, security is not seen as a narrow and static concept, but as dynamic issue with very great implications for society at large.

Thus, while the Division recognizes the traditional military threats to security, it also recognizes the existence and importance of non-military threats to peace and stability.

 

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The Division of African Politics and Integration

Since independence in 1960, Africa has featured prominently in Nigeria's foreign policy, commanding attention in several respects. The nation has also invested enormous resources on African issues be it national liberation struggle, anti apartheid campaigns, peacekeeping, conflict resolution, regional integration and the issue of socio-economic and political development of the continent. In the new millennium, the concern for African progress has been broaden against the background of globalization to include institution capacity building on the continent, the pursuit of African renaissance, the protection of Africa's interest as Africa now remains the last frontier for huge solid minerals, hydro-carbon and agricultural resources.

Accordingly, the philosophy driving the division of African Politics and Integration underscores the need for deeper understanding of African affairs, the socio-economic and political conditions of African states and their peoples. The division also carries out studies on various interactions and exchanges among African states and peoples. It monitors and studies the working of various institutions and organizations, African intra-state organizations, regional integration schemes and the relations of Africa with the wider world, including the African Diaspora, whose economic importance can no longer be ignored, considering the huge remittances it makes to the homeland.

 

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