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"