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An appraisal of Africa’s aspirations for permanent membership of the UN Security Council: a case study of Nigeria’s prospects and challenges

Alkali, Abubakar 2021. An appraisal of Africa’s aspirations for permanent membership of the UN Security Council: a case study of Nigeria’s prospects and challenges. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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The membership composition of the UN Security Council (UNSC) and especially the permanent seats has been major issues of contestation since the founding of the UN in 1945. This thesis appraises Africa’s quest for a UNSC permanent seat with Nigeria as a possible candidate state. Through so doing it adds to existing literature by examining whether there can be an “African” perspective on the legitimacy of the Security Council without an African permanent member. The thesis presents a qualitative research design supported by empirical data derived from both semi-structured interviews and primary documents of the UN and AU. The thesis builds on the assumptions of realist theory to explore Nigeria’s relative power and influence in Africa to address the prospects and challenges associated with its aspiration to hold a UNSC permanent seat. It then suggests that Nigeria has neither a coordinated approach nor an institutional framework to pursue her aspiration for a UNSC permanent seat; as, for instance, revealed by its inconsistent foreign policy directions with respect to UN peacekeeping operations and its lack of coherent policy in terms of its aspiration for UNSC permanent membership. The thesis considers that Nigeria needs to create a Standing Committee as a national coordinating body that will define its foreign policy strategy and diplomatic engagements with respect to its quest for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Permanent membership - African states - Ezulwuni Consensus- African perspective - Nigeria’s aspiration - UNSC Reform – UNSC Legitimacy - African Common Position - African Representation - Intergovernmental Negotiation - Text-based negotiation – African candidates states – P5 members – Structural Reform - Veto power- Regional Representation – Working method – Permanent seat.
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 August 2022
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 10:14

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