Gerald E. Ezirim

Gerald E. Ezirim
University of Nigeria | UNN · Department of Political Science

PhD Political Science & International Relations

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March 2008 - present
University of Nigeria
Position
  • Senior Lecturer
Description
  • I teach, research, mentor, supervise students and engage in national and community service.
Education
January 2000 - February 2013
University of Nigeria
Field of study
  • Political Science (International Relations)

Publications

Publications (48)
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A regional integration by its very nature integrates its members into an economic union and acts as a bloc on matters affecting its members vis-a-vis other regional blocs and non members. Its hegemonic nature of hedging its members against all forms of exploitation and intimidation by other regional blocs and non-members and its desire to stem the...
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Waters off the Horn of Africa (HoA) are strategic for global commerce and inter-national security. Since 2005 this vital waterway has remained the world's most dangerous hotspot of piracy, prompting states whose economic and security interests are particularly being undermined by spiralling piracy in the region has deployed their navies to help enh...
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Climate change does not fit into the mode of traditional threats to national security, such as war, terrorism, insurgency, espionage, or sabotage. Yet its non-violent and gradual dynamics of manifestation serve only to disguise its impact on livelihoods, social order, peace, and stability. Despite being the most profound of the environmental change...
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Inconclusive (delayed) elections are fairly a common phenomenon in the practice of representative democracy. In Nigeria, however, they are occasionally allowed to happen and sometimes stage-managed to serve the calculated interests of power centres. Thus, this study inserted in the debate on inconclusive elections and democratic consolidation by in...
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The emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in November 2019 has nearly brought the world to a halt. Recording her first COVID-19 case on 27 February 2020, the Nigerian government’s default response to the pandemic was to lock down major parts of the country, among other measures. Despite the nationwide lockdown, inter-state travel continued...
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The emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in November 2019 has nearly brought the world to a halt. Recording her first COVID-19 case on 27 February 2020, the Nigerian government’s default response to the pandemic was to lock down major parts of the country, among other measures. Despite the nationwide lockdown, inter-state travel continued...
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Within the analytic purview of postcolonial feminist theory, this article investigates how women leverage their intelligence-gathering capabilities in Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Nigeria. Although P/CVE is widely perceived as an androcentric project, the threat posed by violent extremism to global peace and security has heigh...
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This article examines the effects of COVID-19 lockdown measures on small business units, thus departing from previous studies which only focused on general effects. Based on qualitative and cross-sectional survey methods, the article depicts a cross-sectoral disparity in the patronage level and income stream of small businesses found on the streets...
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Trust is a social capital with burgeoning research interests from diverse disciplines in the social sciences, behavioral sciences and health fields. Despite these abundant literatures, trust research in sub-Saharan Africa is limited. The overwhelming area of interest on trustworthiness have also been focused on the trustee, with little consideratio...
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In this article, we argue for policy support for the informal waste economy in Lagos as it has strong economic linkages in the sub-region and beyond. Informal waste management in Lagos is big business: policies need to support the trade.
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The popular thinking in western scholarship projects progressive deepening of liberal democratic principles and praxis as the panacea for economic prosperity in the peripheral socio-economic formation. While comparative studies on these relationships in both established and fledgling democracies have produced differential results, the link between...
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Chapter 4, demonstrates that Nigeria’s worsening security environment is exacerbated by proliferation of SALWS. From the Islamist insurgency in the Northeast to militancy in the Niger Delta, to the escalation of clashes between farming communities and herders, rising incidents of violent crime including trafficking, banditry, cattle rustling, kidna...
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The chapter explores the dynamics of EU’s counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency strategy with respect to continental insurgent operations in Africa. It explores the European Union in a globalizing world giving a bird’s eye view to the organogram of the EU.
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Lagos is undoubtedly the cultural capital and economic hub of the West African sub-region. The challenge of municipal solid waste management (MSWM) in the megacity has remained intractable due partly to the increasing rate of population growth. While solid waste policy reforms, investments, and management practices in Lagos are in the upswing in th...
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Lagos is undoubtedly the cultural capital and economic hub of the West African sub-region. The challenge of municipal solid waste management (MSWM) in the megacity has remained intractable due partly to the increasing rate of population growth. While solid waste policy reforms, investments, and management practices in Lagos are in the upswing in th...
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Contemporary globalization is largely traceable to the neoliberal cum neo-conservative economic doctrines of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in Britain and United States, respectively. The forces of globalization have since marched on inexorably with the disintegration of the former Soviet Union. Two largely unforeseen events, or so they seemed...
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Scholars question the justification for the clamour to restructure Nigeria. In giving an answer, it is safe to point them to the attempts by successive governments to resolve the issue of the national question. The more recent of these efforts are the national conference organized by the President Jonathan’s administration and the committee on rest...
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This paper interrogated the recruitment and use of children in suicide bombing by Boko Haram (BH) insurgent group. Designed as a desk study, it noted that the engagement of child soldiers by the BH is born-out of the difficulties it faces in the presence of enhanced Joint Military Operations from countries that share borders in the Lake Chad Region...
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This Briefing argues that Nigeria’s hegemony over energy trade in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain makes other states’ political commitment to regional trans-border frameworks difficult. It finds that the contradictions of rentier oil governance in Nigeria have implications for the rise in maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.
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1 Intra-regional migration is not new in West Africa. Long before colonialism, people had been migrating and settling within West Africa and even beyond. European colonialism only created artificial boundaries in far away Berlin. No doubt various kingdoms guarded and protected their territories against invaders often leading to war of conquest and...
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The discovery of oil in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956 ushered in a period characterized by endemic crises of oil rents management and corporate insecurity. From 1999, democratic renewal, backed by excess oil rents returns, made the popular democratic control of oil wealth critical. The consequent rentier management of oil wealth, excluding...
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In recent times, an exceptionally large and virulent recession engulfed the Nigerian State that had for the previous two and half decades experienced sustained growth at unprecedented levels. The causes as well as sense of threat and uncertainty induced by the crisis have been differently interpreted, particularly from the macro-economic, leadershi...
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With the continued manifestation and intensification of poverty, child and maternal mortality, unemployment, HIV/AIDS and other economic problems in Nigeria after the expiration of the deadline set for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, the preoccupation of the existing scholarships have been channeled in interrogating the fundame...
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The availability of power is an inexorable catalyst to boost levels of industrial activity for economic development. Nigeria’s electricity supply is dismal owing to institutional, legal, regulatory and capital problems. With a large population, the abysmal generation of less than 4,500 megawatts of electricity hardly suffices for energy requirement...
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Terrorism as threat to national security of many countries like Algeria, United States, France, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Russia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, etc., raises global concerns. In Nigeria, Boko Haram terrorism, despite national and international counter-measures, defies containment by the country’s national security. Studies have not provid...
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Colonial interest in Africa was hinged on a principle focused on amassing benefits to the imperial authority. Best efforts were, therefore, engaged to ensure maximum benefits possible. Agriculture and mineral products, required for sustained industrial development, were abundant in Africa. Harmonizing these identified elements, for efficient produc...
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The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is an embodiment of development issues adopted by member nations of the United Nations Organization to accelerate the rate of development in their countries. As adopted in Nigeria, it aims at the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; achievement of universal primary education or eradication of illiteracy;...
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Colonial interest in Africa was hinged on a principle focused on amassing benefits to the imperial authority. Best efforts were, therefore, engaged to ensure maximum benefits possible. Agriculture and mineral products, required for sustained industrial development, were abundant in Africa. Harmonizing these identified elements, for efficient produc...
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The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is an embodiment of development issues adopted by member nations of the United Nations Organization to accelerate the rate of development in their countries. As adopted in Nigeria, it aims at the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; achievement of universal primary education or eradication of illiteracy;...
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This article examines the United States’ foreign policy toward North Korea since the end of Cold War, adopting the Rational Actor model as framework of analysis and attempting a conceptual elucidation of rogue state. The paper contends that, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the concerns over suspected North Korean nuclear aspirations...
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Across the world, the existence of militant groups, organised criminal gangs and the nexus between them is not a new phenomenon. In recent times, however, their manifestation and intricate linkages in Africa have become growing sources of concern at national, regional and international levels. In West Africa in particular, "terrorist" footprints ar...
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In West Africa in particular, terrorist footprints are increasing due to the activities of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), Ansar Dine, Boko Haram and Jama'atu Ansarul Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan (Ansaru) in addition to other sleeper militant networks. Further complicating the security...
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chapter noted that the phenomenon of the resource curse prevalent in Nigeria is a function of leadership failure and corruption. As a result, the authors argued that Nigeria suffers from penury amidst of abundant oil wealth. The chapter offered useful recommendations on how the political leadership can turn the resource curse into blessing for enha...
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This paper is a critical survey of the connections between weak sustainability and the environment-security nexus and a problematisation of the strong tension between ecology and economy in the conventional consensus on sustainable economic development. It asks whether the changing global security architecture helped in providing a humanistic view...
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This study underscores the importance of ethical values in politics by using the indices of the United Nations' Global Compact to assess the profile of Shell Petroleum Development Company in the observance of the principles of the Compact between the United Nations and business concerns. The study explores prospects of improving the relations betwe...
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Nigeria is already in her 50 th year as an independent nation, and has been involved in all types of government and leadership in the past half a century. Being a milestone in the life of the country, a review of her foreign policy within the period is germane. There seems to be a debate as to whether Nigeria's foreign policy has been consistent ov...
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The inevitability of conflicts in human existence is given, and this makes it imperative that peoples of all cultures employ any means available to them to avoid, contain, manage or resolve these conflicts. Africa generally has been tagged a conflict-prone continent with the number and intensity of various conflicts currently raging therein; and i...
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With the end of the military rule and the emergence of democratic governance with its mantra of speedy development for the Nigerian State in the new millennium, there was a great surge of optimism that Nigeria, a giant in Africa, could use her enormous resources for political and socio-economic development. Working in tandem with the global effort...
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Gaps between the definition of expectations, grants of power and verification of accruals from resources, especially oil and gas, tend to undergird the governance processes in most states that comprise the Gulf of Guinea. These gaps have been responsible for the various problems that have become part of, and which have engendered violence and confl...

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