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Title:Nigeria in the New World Order: foreign policy beyond the transition period
Author:Akindele, R.A.ISNI
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:foreign policy
New World Order
Abstract:The impact on Nigeria's foreign policy of both the domestic political order in the country's forthcoming Third Republic, and the political guidelines for inter-State behaviour in the New World Order, needs to be systematically explored. The integration of the political decisions of Nigeria's domestic transition in the articulation of the country's international concerns will demand a more focused interest in issues of democracy and democratic governance in Africa. With regard to the global process of transition to a New World Order, Nigeria's foreign policy concerns should be to ensure that Nigeria and other African countries are not marginalized in shaping the agenda and preoccupations of the New World Order; that Nigeria's specific values and interests are not subsumed under a glorified 'universalism' that in reality has only a Western impact; that issues of justice and sovereign equality are taken more seriously; that security of nations is defined in terms that transcend narrow military concerns to include social and economic issues of relevance to Nigeria and other developing countries; that interest in global environmental degradation is addressed; that Nigeria's membership in international organizations is effectively utilized to serve the country's national interests; and that Nigeria's economic growth and development becomes the acid test of a dynamic and successful foreign policy. Note, ref., sum.