Nigeria’s Continental Diplomatic Thrusts: The Limits of Africa’s Nominally Biggest Economy

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Photo © William Muzi/ Flickr

A dominant portion of contemporary literature on Nigeria’s regional and continental diplomacies suggests that the foreign policies of Africa’s nominally biggest economy are hardly progressive and dynamic, due principally to the perverse hiatus between its domestic ecology and foreign policy.

Many African countries do not know exactly what Abuja wants; worse, she herself does not appear to know. Nigeria needs to move quickly to put her domestic house in order, beginning with addressing corruption and stemming the Islamist Boko Haram terrorist movement. To do so, she needs strong leaders to build a strong economy and strong institutions; drive clean government at home; and recover national interest-propelled and activist foreign policies.

Read the occasional paper: Nigeria’s Foreign Policy Before Buhari: Global Expectations Amid Domestic and Regional Challenges

27 Oct 2014

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Series
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 111, October 2014
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Nigeria
SAIIA Programme
Foreign Policy
Tags
Corruption, extremism

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