African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007

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A Critical Evaluation of Thirty Years of State-Civil Society Relations in Zambia, 1991 – 2021.

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This paper aimed to assess the relations between the state and civil society in Zambia in the last thirty years of the country’s plural political dispensation. The study sought to establish the extent to which both the state and civil society regard each other to be genuine associates to the cause of national development. The areas of study focus were on human rights protection, adherence to the rule of law, economic...

Author(s):Nsama Jonathan Simuziya

Challenges to Electoral Democratisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Case studies of the 2006, 2011 and 2018 Presidential Elections

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Democratisation in developing countries remains an incomplete and, in many cases, elusive project. The literature on democratisation is vast and there are many different possible understandings of the term and the process. While there are many possible criteria one could employ in examining processes of democratisation, this research paper focuses on its electoral components and on the degree to which these exhibit...

Author(s):Alphonse T.T. Mulumba

A review of ethnicity, democracy, and good governance in Africa

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This paper argues that ethnicity by itself, even though misconceived is not a cause of conflict but could be, once easily manipulated by powerful elites to suit their political and economic needs. Using the data from the secondary sources, this review addresses how the misconceptions of democracy in Africa is expanding ethnicity challenges and how such affects good governance of the continent. The paper argues that most...

Author(s):Brivery Siamabele and Jonah Kondowe

A Review of Globalization and the Emergence of Cyber Crimes in Nigeria: the activities of ‘’yahoo boys’’.

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The rise of cybercrimes in Nigeria has eaten deep into the fabrics of the nation and globalization is seen as the foundational cause of cybercrimes in Nigeria and other countries which are suffering from the same social menace. This paper adopted the documentary research method using the secondary source of data collection where information was derived from textbooks, journals, internet materials, periodicals and...

Author(s):Onota Ozavize

The 2014 Lesotho political crisis and the South African response: Challenges and achievements

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This study investigates the 2014 Lesotho political crisis and assesses the South African response to the crisis. The 2014 crisis in Lesotho was a watershed moment as it exposed the fragile nature of the political setup of the country. Regional states had become worried and if the crisis was not settled, it had the potential of having regional spill-over effects. South Africa which was at the time the chair of the Organ on...

Author(s):Opeoluwa Biao

Trends in women’s political participation in Nigeria: Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research

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This study examined the developments and trends of women's political participation in Africa in general, with specific reference to Nigeria. It relied on secondary sources of data and content analysis. Using an eclectic approach of a four tied theoretical discourse: liberal feminist theory, radical feminist theory, cultural determinism theory and functionalist theory. The study reveals that the gladiator level is the most...

Author(s):Omosefe Oyekanmi

The Allegory of the African Continental Free Trade Area: An Optimistic Prescription?

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This paper explores the recent move towards a single continental economic bloc in the likes of the European Community, which spear-headed economic activities and integration in Europe before its final absorption into the European Union’s broader framework in 2009. It exposes the opportunities and equally show-case the possible hurdles that if not carefully handled, will bring this process of economic integration in a...

Author(s):Collins Nkapnwo Formella

Identity Deconstruction and Identification Problem in Ethiopia The Case of Agaw Khimra

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After a long process of socio-cultural and linguistic symbiosis and subsequent identity deconstruction; the Khimra Agaw people are subjected to identification problems. The deconstruction of identity due to socio-economic and political factors and the latter reconstruction process instigated mainly by political factors was the focus of this study concomitant with the theoretical and empirical evidence and methods used to...

Author(s):Seifu Moges

Challenges and Opportunities of homegrown ways of Peace building: The Case of Gada system in Borana Community of Southern Ethiopia

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This study is concerned with challenges and opportunity of gada system in peacebuilding among Borana Oromo community of south Ethiopia. The objective of this paper was to assess the challenges and opportunities of the homegrown( gada system) in peacebuilding in Borana Oromo community. To achieve the objectives, a qualitative case study of research design was implemented. Members of gada council, gada leaders who are active...

Author(s):Assefa Tasgara


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The Standing Mediation Committee (SMC) is harbinger of ECOWAS Security Mechanism, which is the abbreviation of the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping and Security. The study basically delineated different stages in the evolution of ECOWAS Security Mechanism (ESM) with focal point on the impetus, challenges and achievements. It argues that although the developmental processes began...



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The stability and viability of Nigeria has been threatened by lack of political will by the federal government to implement concrete policies and programmes on socio-economic and political integration of the 250 ethnic nationalities in the country. The problem is traced to the practice of a defective federal structure inherited from British colonial government since 1954; and it has resulted in several agitations led by...

Author(s):Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State

Ethnic Based Political Parties and Its Implication for National Unity: A Case Study between Oromo Liberation Front and National Movement of Amhara

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Although there were ethnic based political organizations since 1970’s , the introduction of ethnic federalism in the post 1991 period opened a wider space for the mushroom growth of ethnic based parties in Ethiopia. Many of the political parties that are competing in the current Ethiopian politics are ethnic based. Their formation empowered many ethnic groups to have proper political representation at national and...

Author(s):Political science and International Relations


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The study focuses on the gambit of capitalism (political downline) and its relationship with the theory of Nchindaism. It provides an understanding to the exploitative mechanics of capitalists on the less developed and predicts the pendulum from Western controlled capitalism to military alliances where Western countries are elbowed from masters to actors and the possible collapse of the United Nations (UN). It targets:...

Author(s):University of Yaounde


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The paper looks at the foreign policy of Nigeria after the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria. The Nigerian government has been seeking to establish ties with its immediate neighbors, Cameroon, the Republic of Niger, Benin and Chad, over the past few years. Since its independence, Nigeria has been pursuing a foreign policy which puts Africa at the center, particularly its West African neighbors. Africa, which was still stressed...

Author(s):Emmanuel Wasiu Akerele, Temple Obiefule Oguchukwu

From the End of History to the End of Neo-liberalism: From Fukuyama to Fukuyama

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The emergence of neo-liberalism as a hegemonic ideological doctrine was following both the awkwardness of social democracy and the demise of communism, during the 1970s and 1990s. The main objective of neo-liberalism was to achieve socioeconomic development and political stability, using its unique instruments of liberalization, deregulation and privatization policies. To achieve these objectives ideological indoctrination...

Author(s):Sibuh Gebeyaw Tareke

Migration in the African Perspective: Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks

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The study examines the nature of migration in the African continent. A theoretical review of the impact of migration on the continent reveals two antagonistic consequences. On the one hand are the optimistic propositions, while on the other are the pessimistic suppositions fiercely debating the desirability or otherwise of migration. It therefore, seeks to examine the theoretical viewpoints on the impact of migration, in...

Author(s):Francis Bangura and Isaac Agyemang

Book Review on: Medhane Tadese (2004). Turning Conflicts to Cooperation in the Horn of Africa. Friedrich –Ebert-Stiftung, Addis Ababa

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This paper aims to review Medhanes’s book “Turning Conflicts to Cooperation in the Horn of Africa”. The title and the discussion points forwarded by the author of this book are very impressive and valuable to understand the nature of conflict in the Horn of Africa and to turn the existence disorder into cooperation. Medhane identified three important objectives of the paper. Make out the root causes of the conflicts...

Author(s):Melkamu Mersha

Elite Convergence in Socio-Economic and Political Spaces. A Case Study of Zimbabwe’s Elite Actors

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Elite convergence in Zimbabwe has often shaped the socio-economic and political environment. These convergences although not limited to political coalitions have shaped and influenced the course of direction the country has channeled. The aim of the paper is to highlight the presence of these supreme convergences between minority super powerful actors whose interests have determined how Zimbabwe is governed. The paper...

Author(s):Mtize Listen


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Does social media have any effect on political rights in developing countries? We examine the impact of social media on political rights in 51 African countries. Political rights, which are similar to but separate from the notion of democracy, are associated with representation by the people’s choice. The continuous rise of information communication technologies like social media has enabled citizens to express their...

Author(s):Ajibola Victor

Ethnic Political Conflicts in Ethiopia and Its Repercussions on Neighboring States (1991-2019)

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The article attempted to identify, explain and interprets the multidimensional security repercussion of ethnic political conflicts in Ethiopia on the neighboring countries in the period 1991-2018. The study specifically focused on the conflicts between the regime in power and Oromo/Somali ethnic based rebel groups. Key informant interview and FGD were employed to gather primary data which was substantiated by secondary...

Author(s):Solomon Desalegn Negash

Developmental state and democratization:Complementary or Contradictory? Some Reflections on Ethiopian Democratic Developmental State

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This study examines the nexus between developmental state and democratization with references to Ethiopian democratic developmental state as the case study. The study employed qualitative research approach as the research methodology. This study is based on desk and policy review and review of literature related to developmental state and democratization in general and democratic developmental state of Ethiopia in...


Health Care Decentralization in Burundi. What type of Decentralized Health Care System do we have?

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From the mid-1980s onwards, a wave of decentralization reforms swept across the developing world. A wide range of governments embarked on state reform processes aimed at transferring responsibilities, resources and authority from higher to lower levels of government. The Government of Burundi also embarked on a series of decentralization reforms. One of these reforms has been the decentralization of the health sector...

Author(s):Stève Cédric Bizimana


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Parliaments, all over the world are expected to be the central institutions of democracy, embodying the will of the people hence should play a proactive role in the executive’s policy formulation and execution. The aim of this paper is to assess the dilemma that the parliament of Zimbabwe has faced in contributing to the formulation and execution of Zimbabwe’s foreign policy in particular. The Constitution of Zimbabwe,...

Author(s):Cleophas Gwakwara, Zwelibanzi Mpehle and Ricky Munyaradzi Mukonza


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This study investigates the factors affecting rural youth active political participation in Alge Sachi Woreda of Ilu Aba Bora zone of Oromia regional state, Ethiopia. Two hundred twenty four (224) rural youths were randomly sampled from nine (9) clustered kebeles among 29 rural kebeles in the Woreda. Open-ended questionnaires for those selected sample size and semi structured interviews for those key informants were used...

Author(s):Getachew Mijana Sabu

The World of Aid, “in Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo (PP.1-70. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux)

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There is no theoretical issue more interesting in contemporary literatures than the controversial dimensions of foreign aid. The author Dambisa Moyo is originally Zambian economist and writer, her books, articles, and public lectures gave more emphasis on the creation of wealth in a global economy.

Author(s):Belayneh Leta

Secession and Border Disputes in Africa: The Case of Sudan and South Sudan Border

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Conflicts in Africa are increasingly becoming violent and endemic. Many of these conflicts are related to crises of identities, struggles for resources and power contestations. A few of these conflicts escalate to self-determination, separatist movements, and secession. These conflicts mostly transcend national borders and trigger the alteration and redesigning of national borders, which itself becomes a source of...

Author(s):Abubakar Mohammed and Yahaya T. Baba

The Factors Determining Voter Turnouts in Presidential Elections in Nigeria: Multivariate Correlation Analysis of the 2019 Presidential Election

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People’s active participation in elections is one of the key measures of electoral democracy. The people’s lack of interests or apathy in elections tends to undervalue the democratic process, engender mistrust in political institutions, and enthrone unaccountable leadership. This is why voter turnout is a crucial aspect of electoral studies. Even though Nigeria has successfully undergone two decades of uninterrupted...

Author(s):Olalekan Waheed Adigun

The Role of Refugees in the Development of Nation States: A Sub-Saharan African Perspective

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Across the globe, concerns have been expressed that accepting massive influx of refugees impacts on access to scarce available resources to meet the basic needs of the general populace of the host nation. This is a socially constructed view in the mind of some observers that refugees are a burden to the receiving states. BUT is this true? In an attempt to answer the question, this paper explores the role played by refugees...

Author(s):John Bosco Nizeimana, Celestin Mulindahabi

Natural Resource Governance in Africa

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The continent of Africa is one of the most richly endowed continents with natural resources that would have placed it on a world map as the most developed continent but not many countries have succeeded in turning the revenues from these natural resources to enduring economic benefits. This phenomenon often described as the “resources curse” has not only stalled development but has created such grinding poverty and...

Author(s):Aluu Vincent Ogbonnia

Voters’ Education And Credible Election In Nigeria: Issues And Challenges Of 2019 General Elections

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Following the transition from military dictatorship to democracy, the Nigerian-state has suffered several electoral misconducts since 1999. In an attempt to stop this ugly trend, voters’ education and effective electoral institution remain integral to a successful conduct of the electoral process especially, in a bid to grow and sustain the democratic process in Nigeria. Albeit, voters’ education has been acknowledged...

Author(s):Saheed Olasunkanmi ODUOLA, Bana SAWANEH and Hayatullah Boladale HASSAN


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“A nation which refuses to learn from foreign cultures is nothing but a nation of idiots and lunatics. Mankind could not progress at all if we all refused to learn from each other. But [this] …does not mean we should abandon our own [to embrace] the sort of learning from which we can benefit is the kind which can help us to perfect and broaden our own culture” (Nyerere 1966: 187). The question, “Is there a Global...


Democratic Elections and Legitimacy Crisis in African Political Systems. Enhancing Election Credibility towards Fair Vote

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Wide participation of citizens in the selection of leaders into public offices lends credibility to democratic system and enhances the level of acceptance of the elected leaders among citizens. However, the increasing volume of invalid votes in the recent times has cast lots of doubts on the level of citizen’s participation in the national elections in Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, the study explored vote counts and...


The Democracy Deficit in the Effort to Resolve the Niger Delta Question in Nigeria

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This paper reflects on the inadequacy of democratic principles in the effort to resolve the Niger Delta question in Nigeria. Beyond the ethnic, regional and general sectional basis of the desire for restructuring generally in Nigeria, the theory of federal democracy provides a foundation for understanding and addressing those agitations. We focus on the agitations in the oil rich Niger Delta that is core to the agitations...


Youth and Political Socialization in Ethiopia: Thirty Years Balance Sheet

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Political Socialization determines the future strength and weakness of one’s country leadership and societal solidarity. The aim of this paper is to investigate youth’s political socialization in Ethiopia since 1990s. The study use qualitative research approach. To achieve the intended goals secondary sources of data were collected from books, journal articles, academic curriculums, reports, newspapers, magazines and...


Wolaytta’s Quest for Statehood: A Historical Overview and Analysis of Contemporary Quests for Regional Statehood in Ethiopia’s Federation

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The article examines the public service motivations and its impact on the academic performance of students using four schools: St. Louis Senior High, Asanteman Senior High, Osei Kyeretwie Senior High and Achinakrom Senior High Schools which are category A, B, C, and D schools respectively as cases for study. Comparative case study design that employed both closed and open ended questions was used as instrument to collect...

Author(s):social anthropologist and a lecturer at Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia

Teachers’ Public Service Motivation and the Academic Performance of Students in Second Cycle Institutions of Ghana

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The article examines the public service motivations and its impact on the academic performance of students using four schools: St. Louis Senior High, Asanteman Senior High, Osei Kyeretwie Senior High and Achinakrom Senior High Schools which are category A, B, C, and D schools respectively as cases for study. Comparative case study design that employed both closed and open ended questions was used as instrument to collect...

Author(s):Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana


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There was a global attention on Nigeria in the runoff to the 2015 general election given the implications of the outcome of the election not only for Nigeria but for Africa as a continent. This is because of the history of electoral violence in Nigeria, and the near state collapse in the country due to the Boko Harram insurgency in the north-eastern part of Nigeria. Thus, the successful conduct of the election would not...

Author(s):Olamide, Temitayo OJOGBEDE, Aluko, Opeyemi Idowu, Oladeji, Isaac Olayide

Representation of Somalia in Western Media: The Piracy Case and BBC

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Somalia has been a chaotic situation for the last two decades, civil war broke in 1999 after dethroned central government of Somalia by an armed clan functions, many people lost their lives or their beloved ones and thousands internally displaced others fled to neighboring countries. The humanitarian situation of the displaced people became the worst one in the region. This is attracted the eyes of international donors,...



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Contrary to the stereotypical notion that a "failed" state also results in complete economic collapse, Somalia is a classic example of a vibrant economy without any functioning government institutions. For the Somali people, the informal economy has emerged not only as a daily survival mechanism; it also represents their resiliency and determination to make the best out of the worst situations. In addition to serving as...

Author(s):Chen Jau-Yon

The Igbo, Marginalization And Emergence Of Sectarian Groups In South-East, Nigeria, 1999 - 2018

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The paper investigated the Igbo, their alleged cases of marginalization in the politics of Nigeria and emergence of sectarian groups in South East, Nigeria. The Igbo ethnic nationality is located in the South East, Nigeria. The Igbo is highly numerous and populous, with abundance of natural and mineral resources which contributes so much to Nigeria’s national development. Besides, a good number of the Igbo have made and...

Author(s):Alozie, Cyprian C.

Drivers of Political Radicalization and De-radicalization of Terrorism in Northern Nigeria

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This article sheds more light on the role of states and the bearing which political and elite interests may have exerted on public support for Boko Haram. It examines the political, socio-economic, and ideological context of the crisis and moves on to map the two dominant de-radicalization approaches; top-down and bottom-up approaches. The article exposes the fault lines of realism’s top-down approaches toward national...

Author(s):Neba Ridley Ngwa

Consolidating Achievements and Making Smooth Transition to Democracy in Ethiopia: A Beginning from Dead End

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Ethiopia has been experiencing extreme and repeated mass protests, uprising and society-government relationship crisis over the past two to three decades. The absolute dominance of a single vanguard party, EPRDF as well as the absence of fair representation of Ethiopian nations, nationalities and peoples at federal institutions resulted power dominance by single ethnic group, deterioration of institutions and political...

Author(s):Kena Deme Jebessa

Understanding Rural Violence in North-Central Nigeria: Experience from Nomadic Herdsmen and Rural Farmers

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This study examines rural violence in north central Nigeria with experience from nomadic herdsmen and rural farmers. The objective of the study is to deepen knowledge on dynamics of rural violence by identifying and analyzing prevalence of the rural violence , as well as its impact on rural farmers and food crop production. In particular, the study seeks to identify possible efforts by the Nigerian government to...

Author(s):Luke A Amadi, Good Hope Igwe, Uche Ukachikara

Genocide vs. Civil War?

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The Rwandan Genocide has been at the forefront of many studies and used as example in countless others and with subjects as varied as conflict, racial hatred, tribal wars, reconstruction, rehabilitation, peace process. Since it happened it is the fourth genocide that has earned this appellation in the UN. This study aims to challenge the generally accepted view that is a genocide pure and simple using three different...

Author(s):Alexandra David

“Developing World” and the New World Order: Strategies for Ending Dependency Syndrome

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The study in “Developing World” and dependency is not a mere intellectual exercise. It is about the contests of nations and the wily scheming of states and other actors that have on one hand made masters of some people and on the others permanently consigned them into a dependent race since the last five hundred years. This paper is intended to summarize in review, many of the enlightened opinions on this issue with...

Author(s):Dickson, Emmanuel Ekpe

The Role of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commissions in Combating Corruption in Ethiopia: The case of Amhara National Regional State Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission

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Corruption is one of the burning issue and impediments for the prevalence of democracy, good governance and sustainable development in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government is aware of the severity of consequences of corruption and regarded it as a compulsive necessity to prevent it. In response to this the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commissions (EACC) emerged as anticorruption authority for the struggle to create a...

Author(s):Erestu Legese Beyene, Taye Demssie Beshah

Assessing participation in urban land administration: The case of Abi Adi Town, Ethiopia

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Land is a single greatest resource of any society so there is a need to ensure good governance in land administration. Efficient, effective, accountable, transparent, participatory and responsive land administration services are as much about the administration of land as they are about the civil service that operates within any country. The general objective of the study was to assess the participation of the populace in...

Author(s):Yohannes Hailu


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This study seeks to investigate Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives in Africa and the world. Nigeria has employed several means-one of which is reliance on diplomacy of peacekeeping operations. However, one may be tempted to ask, in whose interests are Nigeria’s national interests? Also, what has Nigeria been able to achieve as a country and for its citizens? Hence, this study aims to answer the following research...


How Religious Institutions, as Pressure Groups, in Turkey and Pakistan Shape Policies?

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Religious institutions have currently emerged as more powerful actors than ever before in many Muslim countries. This matter necessitates reassessing the role of religious institutions in policy making processes in such countries. This paper is a comparative study, employing the ‘Most Similar System Design’ to analyze the role of the religious institutions, as pressure groups, in policy-making processes in Pakistan and...

Author(s):Nader Ganji and Kioomars Ashtarian

Security Agencies and the Challenges of Insecurity in Nigeria

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This paper examines the multiple security challenges confronting the Nigerian state with serious security implications for her national security and corporate existence. This is with the view to aptly interrogate the roles of the security agencies especially the Nigerian police and army saddled with the responsibility of enforcing laws and order and defending the territorial integrity of the country from any form of...


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