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Shifting the Paradigm in Nigeria’s Foreign Policy: Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020
Social Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 6, December 2013, Pages: 212-221
Received: Oct. 4, 2013; Published: Nov. 20, 2013
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Okechukwu B. C. Nwankwo, Department of Political Science, Anambra State University, Nigeria
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Abstract
Against the backdrop of Nigeria’s comprehensive framework for transforming herself into one of the twenty leading economies by the year 2020, this paper examines the foreign policy initiatives of current Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. Identifying the welfare of the State and its people as the ultimate goal of foreign policy, it interrogated the relative extent this goal is the driving force of Nigeria’s foreign policy under Jonathan. It found out that the foreign policy initiatives of President Jonathan are focused more than ever before on Nigeria’s domestic priorities especially as captured in the vision 20:2020 document. This, the paper argues, marks a shift in paradigm when compared with the past when African issues dominated Nigeria’s attention. Noting that challenges still abound in all sectors, the paper makes recommendations aimed at improving Nigeria’s chances of attaining the goals and objectives of Nigeria’s vision.
Keywords
Vision 20:2020, Foreign Policy, Domestic Priorities, Paradigm Shift
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Okechukwu B. C. Nwankwo, Shifting the Paradigm in Nigeria’s Foreign Policy: Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020, Social Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2013, pp. 212-221. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20130206.16
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