n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Gulliver's Troubles : Nigeria's Foreign Policy after the Cold War, Adekeye Adebajo & Abdul Mustapha (Eds.) : book review

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


This edited volume focuses on the evolution of Nigeria's foreign policy, particularly, in the post-Cold War era. At the very outset, the editor provides readers with a long history of Nigeria's political instability. Since independence in 1960, Nigeria has "witnessed one civil war, seven military regimes, and three failed democratic experiments". A number of authors contributed chapters to the book, each discussing Nigeria's foreign policy from a different perspective with a view to finding answers to two key questions: (1), how has Nigerian foreign policy been affected by this state of general instability over decades and (2) what impact has the ending of the Cold War and the advent of globalization had on its foreign policy? The authors explore what Adebajo refers to as the "concentric circles: domestic, regional and external influences"

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