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AN APPRAISAL OF THE EFFECT OF TERRORISM ON FOREIGN RELATION (A CASE STUDY OF BUHARI ADMINISTRATION)

Abstract

The practice and idea of foreign policy dates back to antiquity. The waves of globalization and increasing interdependence among nations has increased the frontiers of foreign policy with the state continued relevance as the dominant major actor in international politics. On ascension to power, the Buhari-led administration was faced with several challenges that have hindered economic prosperity, sustainable security and overall national development in Nigeria. These challenges includes but are not limited to terrorism, violent conflicts, dwindling oil revenues, widespread poverty, youth unemployment, and corruption. This paper seeks to understand how economic challenges have shaped and directed Nigeria’s foreign policy under Buhari administration. Relying heavily on secondary data, and anchored fundamentally on the linkage theory as a framework of analysis, this paper posits that there is a link between foreign policy and domestic economic challenges. The paper further submits that domestic economic challenges have shaped the conduct of foreign policy under President Buhari led government. The paper found out that the Buhari foreign policy is largely a reflection of the domestic economic challenges Nigeria is facing. On this note, the paper recommends among others the strengthening of the domestic economy to serve as a strong base for the conduct of the nation’s foreign policy.

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