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default Conflict Management in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: A Participatory Approach

Author: Rosemary N. Okoh
Institution: African Journal on Conflict Resolution, vol. 5, no. 1
Publication Date: January, 2005
Keywords: Nigeria, Conflict and Peacebuilding


This publication is important because it offers an account on how a participatory approach can be adopted to resolve conflict. This approach avoids problems associated with more adversarial approaches and gives all participants the chance to express their views and influence decisions. The article argues that the participatory approach requires very careful planning, determination on the part of all stakeholders, including highly skilled facilitators. The paper is useful for practitioners who would like to use a collaborative problem-solving approach to conflict management.

default Curbing Violence in Nigeria (II): The Boko Haram Insurgency

Institution: International Crisis Group (ICG)
Publication Date: April, 2014
Keywords: Nigeria, Conflict, Counterinsurgency


The publication gives us an insight into the genesis, complexity and effect of a 'home-grown' insurgency, its impact on the country, region and broader international community. The article is timely in that it comes at a time when the international community is increasingly encountering, trying to understand and tackle insurgencies around the world. Importantly, the publication argues that a key ingredient to tackling insurgencies is a political solution that involves understanding and addressing their root causes. This publication is useful for policy makers who seek to gain a better understanding of insurgencies, and develop appropriate responses to them.

default From Design to Implementation: Addressing the Causes of Violent Conflict in Nigeria

Author: El-Bushra, J., Ladbury, S. and Ukiwo, U.O.
Institution: Stability: International Journal of Security and Development
Publication Date: January, 2014
Keywords: Nigeria, Conflict and Peacebuilding


The publication demonstrates how knowledge and research influenced the design of a programme to reduce violent conflict in Nigeria. Most importantly, the paper demonstrates that if research findings can take programme designers directly to the core of the problems as perceived by those most affected by them, then they can play a critical role in designing appropriate interventions to demonstrate progress towards project goals. The article will be valuable to programme teams working in similar contexts, as the issues raised are generic to the task of designing conflict management programmes.

default Nigeria: Assessing risks to stability

Author: Peter M. Lewis
Institution: Center for Strategic and International studies (CSIS)
Publication Date: June, 2011
Keywords: Nigeria, Conflict and Stabilisation


The publication assesses the risks to instability in African countries by focusing on how governance and the nature of politics drive instability. The article further argues that these drivers of instability are exacerbated by the complex, overlapping and deeply rooted social tensions. In such societies, economic inequality and entrenched poverty further fuel competition over resources. This paper is useful for those keen on understanding the nature of natural resource rich and dysfunctional states.

pdf Nigeria: Trapped In The Cycle of Violence

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Institution: Amnesty International

Publication Date: November, 2012

Keywords: Nigeria, Conflict, Counterinsurgency, Human Rights and Protection of Civilians


This publication is important for documenting the violence in Nigeria, perpetrated not only by the insurgent group Boko Haram but also by State forces.  It focuses on abuses committed by Nigerian security forces in their fight against Boko Haram and the lack of accountability for their actions. As the threat of terrorism at home and abroad intensifies, this publication serves as a reminder to governments of the importance of respecting human rights and adhering to international humanitarian law when combatting threats to national security.  This document underlines the importance of maintaining an accountable and transparent approach to gain public confidence and trust in efforts to tackle internal security threats.

pdf Nigeria’s Interminable Insurgency? Addressing the Boko Haram Crisis

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Author: Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos 

Institution: Chatham House

Publication Date: September, 2014

Keywords: Nigeria, Conflict, Counterinsurgency  


This document is useful in highlighting how the failures of the previous Nigerian Government contributed to the escalation of violence of Boko Haram, and provides possible measures that could be introduced by both the Government and the International Community to address the crisis. 

default Nigeria’s Security Interest in West Africa: A Critical Analysis

Author: Ifedayo Tolu Elizabeth
Institution: Journal of Research and Development Vol. 1, No.6, 2013
Publication Date: June, 2013
Keywords: Nigeria, Conflict and Stabilisation


The publication examines nature and impact of Nigeria’s foreign policy forays in West Africa – particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone through the ECOWAS Ceasefire Monitoring Group (ECOMOG). The article evaluates Nigeria’s hegemonic role of ECOMOG and concludes with key lessons for the country’s intervention in West Africa. The article is important because it offers some suggestions for Nigeria to consider when intervening in West Africa. The paper is useful for policy makers who are keen to understand Nigeria’s foreign policy and in particular, Nigeria’s interest in West Africa’s security architecture.

default Oil, Arms Proliferation and Conflict in the Niger Delta of Nigeria

Author: Victor Ojakorotu, Ufo Okeke-Uzodike
Institution: African Journal on Conflict Resolution, vol. 6, no. 2
Publication Date: April, 2006
Keywords: Nigeria, Conflict, Governance


The publication analyses the drivers of violent conflict in the Niger Delta. The article is important because it examines the links between violent conflict, resources and arms. The key argument of the paper is that central to understanding the conflict in the Niger Delta is an appreciation the role oil extraction and arms proliferation plays in conflict in the Delta. The publication is useful to both practitioners and policy makers who are keen to get a nuanced understanding of the conflict dynamics in the Niger Delta.

default Winners or Losers? Assessing the Contribution of Youth Employment and Empowerment Programmes to Reducing Conflict Risk in Nigeria

Institution: The Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP)
Publication Date: January 2014
Keywords: Nigeria, Conflict, Peacebuilding and Governance


The publication seeks to determine whether the youth in Nigeria stand to lose or gain as a result of overall government response to unemployment. Importantly, the paper seeks to establish whether the portfolio of programmes referred to as youth employment and empowerment initiatives, are actually likely to contribute to a reduction in violent conflict. This publication is important because it serves to highlight Nigeria's effort to tackle its youth unemployment challenge, in order to foster peace and stability.

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