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Nigeria's "manifest destiny" in West Africa : dominance without power

Nigeria's "manifest destiny" in West Africa : dominance without power
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Bach, Daniel C.

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Abstract "Ever since independence, messianic references to a natural Nigerian leadership in the affairs of the African continent have been ingrained in the conduct of Nigeria's foreign policy. Internationally, Nigeria's endowments of human and natural resources, deeply asymmetrical interactions with neighboring states and the active engagement of successive regimes in the affairs of the continent have called for the country's treatment as a regional power and a pivotal state for West Africa. However, Nigeria's 'manifest destiny' remains more about influence than power. The country's unsteady projection of structural or relational power starkly contrasts with the deep regional imprint left by trans-frontier networks that focus on Nigeria but operate independently of territorial affiliations. The related regionalization process exacerbates the fluidity and fragility of region-building as much as problems of statehood and governance within Nigeria." (author's abstract)
Keywords Nigeria; West Africa; dominance; power; resources; foreign policy; network; regional development; regional factors; regional distribution; regionalization; national state; exertion of government pressure; cross-border cooperation; interaction; English-speaking Africa; developing country; Africa South of the Sahara; Africa
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 301-321
Journal Afrika Spectrum, 42 (2007) 2
Issue topic Family change in Africa
ISSN 0002-0397
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works