US-IRANIAN RELATIONS (1997-2007) A CRITICAL APPRAISAL

ABSTRACT Presently the world watches the unfolding political panorama of US and Iran relations without understanding the basic compelling issue(s) propelling their present relations. While the world global media follows suit in condemning Iranians in consonance with US State department declaration of Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. The UN has surmised therefore, that the present and greatest threat to the world peace is the degenerate relationship between the two countries. Thus, this study is structured to critically expose the intrinsic intention behind US increased role in Iran. To achieve this, the study raised…

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AGOA AND AFRICAN UNDERDEVELOPMENT, A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF A MAJOR CONTRADICTIONS

ABSTRACT The study examines the African Growth and Opportunity Act and African underdevelopment, a critical analysis of major contradictions. The thrust of the research work is to find out if AGOA has spurred the level of investment needed to expand economic activity in the rural agricultural sector. The research work also seeks to examine if AGOA has promoted export diversification with particular reference to clothing and textile industry and the degree the US trade with SSA countries had gone in reducing poverty in the SSA countries, since the AGOA’s drafter’s objectives was for AGOA to…

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NIGERIA-CHINA TRADE RELATIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA, 2001-2013

Abstract Over the past several decades, the economies of the world have become greatly connected through international trade and globalization. The trade relations between Nigeria and China have grown in recent years. Overtime, researchers have contributed on the Nigeria-China relations with interest on foreign aids, balance of trade, foreign direct investment and trade policies between the two countries. Most of them anchored their explanation on dependency theory. They pay less attention in explicating the relations in terms of mutual benefits arising from the relations. However, this study examined Nigeria-China trade relations and economic development in…

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NIGERIA AND SOUTH AFRICA: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF TWO TWENTY FIRST CENTURY POLITICAL ECONOMIES.

ABSTRACT The reforms at home and aspiration to or actual leadership of the continent are two factors that shape the current phase of Nigeria–South Africa political and diplomatic relations. The character of Nigeria-South Africa relations changed with the commencement of multiracial democracy based on universal adult suffrage in South Africa and the return to civilian rule in Nigeria. Consequently, the moralistic-idealistic fight against racism and military rule which tended to guide Nigeria’s relations with South Africa during the apartheid regimes in South Africa, and military rules in Nigeria have been relegated and there is now…

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FEMALE LEGISLATORS IN THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND THE PROMOTION OF POLICIES THAT EMPOWER WOMEN, (1999 – 2009)

ABSTRACT The study examines the efforts of the female parliamentarians in promoting issues that border on women empowerment in Nigeria. Specifically however, the study investigated the attempts by the female legislators in initiating bills that enhance women empowerment in Nigeria since 1999. Utilizing the theory of substantive representation which upholds that representation of women through initiating of policies is not a function of numerical strength but what each individual legislator does, the study variously transcended the existing inquiries to unveil that female legislators in Nigeria have not been able to play leading roles in initiating…

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PROBLEMS OF THE UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS IN AFRICA: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE CONGOLESE QUESTION. 1960-2011

ABSTRACT Africa has been by far the most important regional setting for the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations. This is as a result of decades of unending and increasing tensions which have been complex and multidimensional in Africa. This research gives a general background on the emergence and causes of conflict in Africa. It critically analyzes the reasons why most countries engulfed by war especially the Democratic Republic Congo have always allowed the United Nations to mediate in their conflicts. Therefore, in the context of the research, we are able to articulate whether the…

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NIGERIA – UNITED STATES STRATEGIC OIL RELATIONS IN THE GULF OF GUINEA

ABSTRACT The collapse of the strategic oil relationship between the U.S and the Middle East suppliers brought the Gulf of Guinea and the Niger Delta into a high profile global energy partnership. The strategic shift had developed as a form of buffer or counter weight against the insecurity of supply in the Persian Gulf. This study, therefore explores the rise of the Gulf of Guinea and Niger Delta as strategic partners. It illustrates the character of strategic or resource – rich region and the security challenges orchestrated by the attempts to protect and subsequently explore…

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CONTEMPORARY STRATEGY AND NIGERIA’S DEFENCE POLICY A CRITICAL STUDY OF THE JOINT TASK FORCE IN NIGER DELTA

ABSTRACT The need for a defence policy that promotes conflict resolution without the use of force has become expedient for the peace and stability of the Nigerian state and the Niger delta in particular. Hence the study seeks to examine the nature of Nigeria’s defence policy with empasis on the operation of the Joint Task Force particularly in the Niger Delta as exemplified by its role in the resolution of conflicts from 1966 rebellion of Isaac Adaka Boro, to Ken Saro-Wiwa’s non-violent approach which snowballed to the present militancy in the name of movement for…

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INDIA-PAKISTANI RELATIONS FOR ASIAN PEACE IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM

ABSTRACT The India-Pakistani perennial conflicts over the past six decades, in the struggle to possess Kashmir, have been posing serious problems to the international community. This anomaly in their relations has raised some crucial questions by this study such as: Does the continuing dispute between India and Pakistan, over Kashmir, carry the risk of nuclear war in Asia? Furthermore, would the resolution of the India-Pakistani dispute create the opportunity for the settlement of other boundary problems in Asia? In this context, this study was undertaken to determine whether the continuing dispute between India and Pakistan,…

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THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT: A CRITICAL REVIEW OF THE LIBYAN CRISIS

ABSTRACT There has been an increase in the number of intrastate armed conflicts across the world in the last two decades and this has no doubt generated lots of debates as to whether the international community has a right or an obligation to interfere in the domestic affairs of any state. This has brought into focus the issue of the limits of sovereignty and the justification for external interference in intra-state conflicts. This study focused on the uprising that took place in Libya in 2011. In exploring the perimeters to which sovereignty can be exercised…

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