Meet FALODE ADEWUNMI JAMES, an Academic Staff of Lagos State University.


History; International Relations; Terrorism Studies; Strategic Studies; War Studies; Intelligence Studies


Associate Professor / Reader


History and International Relations


At the History And International Relations department office

Visiting Hour

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Research Interest

Topic: Asymmetric Warfare (Terrorism Studies)


My research interest is in that branch of War studies known as Asymmetric warfare. The particular one that I have focused on is Terrorism studies. This encompasses such sub-topics like counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, hybrid warfare, insurgency and guerilla warfare. Terrorism has come to define the nature of conflicts in the international political system in the 21st century. This means in essence that a sound understanding of its theory, concepts and typology are invaluable to the survival of states in the 21st century. This is why my research interest is significant. My background as a historian gives me the unique to view the study of Terrorism from the spatio-temporal perspective. 

I have written and published important works on terrorism in reputable international peer-reviewed journals. Three of my works, "The Nature of Nigeria's Boko Haram War, 2010-2015: A Strategic Analysis," "Terrorism 4.0: A Global and Structural Analysis," and "Hybrid Doctrine: The Grand Strategy for Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism Operations in Nigeria," have broken some new theoretical and practical grounds in the field of both Terrorism and Strategic Studies


# Certificate SchoolYear
1. Ph.D (History and Strategic Studies) History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos 2012

Current Research

The Art of the Impossible: Intelligence and Nigeria's Boko Haram War, 2010-2021

Research Details

This work is an analysis of the role of intelligence in Nigeria’s counterinsurgency (COIN) and counterterrorism (CT) operations between 2010 and 2020. The paper argues that Nigeria failed to effectively and proactively utilize intelligence in its efforts to counter the threats of terrorism and insurgency. Unlike the Nigeria security agencies, the paper shows that the effective and proactive use of intelligence contributed significantly to Boko Haram’s dominance in its engagements with the Nigerian military in the contested zones of the northeast. In order for Nigeria to be able to able to effectively contain and defeat the threats of insurgency and terrorism, the study recommends the application of the Cybernetics theory of intelligence and the Triplicity approach. The triplicity approach is the synchronous and holistic use of HUMINT, OSINT and FININT in Nigeria’s COIN and CT operations. Both the theory and the approach emphasizes the effective collection and utilization of information to achieve the overall objective of enhancing Nigeria’s security. The study concludes that the use of triplicity approach will make it possible for Nigeria to proactively respond to and go on the offensive to neutralize the threats of insurgency and terrorism.


FALODE ADEWUNMI is a Associate Professor / Reader at the Department of History and International Relations

FALODE has a Ph.D in History and Strategic Studies from History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos

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