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  • Looking left, walking right. Ideology in the Labour Movement in Nigeria
  • Sale of a State - Privatisation in Nigeria
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Welcome to FES Nigeria

Barka da zuwa FES Nigeria!
E k’abo si FES t'ile Nigeria!
Nno, anyi n’anabata unu na FES Nigeria!

Roundtable on Nigeria’s Foreign Policy (FES Lagos, October 7, 2010

Foreign Policy Roundtable

In a true democracy, all areas of policy have to be subject to public discussions. Foreign policy is a particularly important area, since it not only shapes the country’s identity at large, but also determines its place and its future in the world.
Nigeria is a case in point. The country has massive resources – so large that it is usually referred to as a “giant”. But many experts agree that the country has yet to use its full potential, and that there is a lack of foreign policy vision in the country.
As the world is currently experiencing a dissemination of power to several centers (China being the most famous), and foreign policy challenges such as climate change or nuclear non-proliferation have become truly global, Nigeria’s voice is increasingly needed.
The FES, together with the eminent scholar Professor Nuhu Yaqub, has therefore organized the first of a series of roundtable discussions bringing together leading scholars, practitioners from the Foreign Service and the military, journalists and labour leaders to discuss “Nigeria’s role in Global Affairs”. The participants, inspired by the lead presentation by Professor Amadu Sesay, quickly focused their discussions on the internal and external challenges for the country’s foreign policy. The role of research institutions, media representation of foreign policy debates, and the inclusion of democratic actors in foreign policy debates were among the issues raised. The forum agreed to establish a more regular network of exchange for the deepening of a democratic foreign policy debate.