At the Political Science department office
Appointment on Visitation important
Topic: International Relations, Peace And Conflict Studies And Comparative Politics
Description: The relationship among states is essentially undergird by their national interest. This interest presupposes that individual country adopts diverse means to pursue it interest raging from force, conflict and conciliation. Conflict has become inevitable in human endeavour and it is of various types. Resolving and transforming various manifestations of conflict requires continuous research. All these are of interest to me. Understanding conflict issues more often than not requires a nuanced approach that requires not only a multidimensional approach but one that is grounded in comparative perspectives. This approach to engaging conflict is an important feature of my current research.
|1.||Ph.D (Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies)||University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa||2016|
Insecurity and National Integration in Nigeria: Unpacking the Implications of Border Porosity
Nigeria is confronted by complex security challenges that threaten the multi-ethnic country’s national cohesion. From a simmering Niger Delta armed militancy, unarmed secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the south-east, recurring farmer-herders conflict, and kidnapping, human and state security is being challenged on many fronts. Since 2009, the Boko Haram –mainly operating in the north-east – has killed over 30,000 people, and still continues to engage the Nigeria and neighbouring countries’ militaries in an asymmetrical war. The country’s insecurity has in itself set in motion the re-emergence of ethnic politics and militias, the latest of which ushered in the Amotekun security outfit in the south-west. Yet, while the Nigerian State has responded to the hydra-headed security challenges, the situation continues to be compounded by the country’s porous border. In this paper, through qualitative method including interview and participant observation to states like Katsina and Lagos, I will interrogate the implications of Nigeria’s porous borders for security and national integration in a multi-ethnic context. Specifically, the article will engage three questions: (i) What are the implications of Nigeria’s porous borders on security and national integration? (ii) How has the Nigerian State responded to the problem of its porous borders? (iii) What are the prospects and challenges of these state responses? The conclusion will be laced with a number of possible pathways to addressing the difficult questions raised by the country’s porous borders.
MOSHOOD ABDUL-WASI is a Lecturer I at the Department of Political Science
MOSHOOD has a Ph.D in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies from University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa