Nigeria’s Foreign Policy in Relation to the Economic Community of West African States

  • Cyril Obi
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


This chapter explores how Nigeria conducts its foreign policy toward west Africa, drawing on the case of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It interrogates Nigeria’s foreign policy toward ECOWAS, particularly how this has been shaped by domestic factors, and the increased presence of non-state actors, emerging and established external Powers in the sub-region. It analyzes the changes and continuities in Nigeria’s foreign policy, focusing on the extent to which Nigeria has impacted west Africa’s regional organization, and sums up the possibilities and prospects for Nigeria–ECOWAS relations.


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  • Cyril Obi
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  1. 1.Social Science Research Council (SSRC)New YorkUSA

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