Occasional Paper

Nigeria and the Global powers: Continuity and change in the 21st Century

“The paper examines Nigeria’s foreign policy from 2000 to 2011. It focuses largely
on the country’s relations with traditional global powers such as the US, Britain, France
and Russia; and emerging global powers such as China, India and Brazil. It considers the
present dispensation and possible future directions for each of these relations, especially in light of trade and commercial relations, diplomatic contacts and military links. The paper consists of five main sections of research. The first discusses the central determinants of Nigeria’s foreign policy since the return of democracy in 1999. The second focuses on
the country’s relationship with traditional major powers. The third discusses Nigeria’s
relations with China, India and Brazil. The fourth reviews Nigeria’s relations with key
global organisations, in view of their connection with global powers. The concluding
section looks at future directions for Nigeria’s relations with these countries”