Cameroon-Nigeria Relations: Trends and Perspectives, edited by Osita Agbu and C. Nna-Emeka Okereke, examines various aspects of Cameroon-Nigeria relations since the countries attained independence in 1960. The Cameroonian and Nigerian contributors contextualize core topical issues that have featured prominently in the course of bilateral relations between both countries, ranging from the theoretical underpinnings required to understand the dynamics of Cameroon-Nigeria relations to contending issues and areas of mutual interests driving diplomatic relations between them. This book reveals trends and dynamics while also accommodating divergent perspectives that demonstrate how theories can be applied to achieve real results. Of significant import is the prognosis that stimulates concerns for the future of Cameroon-Nigeria relations bearing in mind the strategic positions of both countries in West and Central Africa. Cameroon-Nigeria Relations is an indispensable resource for scholars, diplomats, and foreign policy actors that will enrich understanding and inform opinions on charting future courses for healthy bilateral relations between Cameroon and Nigeria.
Osita Agbu is professor of international relations and dean of faculty of management and social sciences at Baze University.
C. Nna-Emeka Okereke is chief research fellow with the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies at National Defence College and visiting professor at the Nile University of Nigeria.
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1. Bilateralism and Inter-State Relations: Theoretical and Conceptual Explanations
Bernard Nwosu and Chinyere Ibeh
2. The ‘Good Neighbour Policy’ and Cameroon-Nigeria Relations
3. Foreign Policy Options for Socio-Cultural and Economic Development between Cameroon and Nigeria 1960-1992
4. Border Policies and Border Communities in Post-Independence Cameroon and Nigeria: The Ejagham Communities in Perspective
Raphael Achou Etta
5. Cameroon-Nigeria Bilateral Economic Relations
Adeola Caroline Akindoju
6. The Role of External Actors in Cameroon-Nigeria Relations
7. Analysing Cameroon’s Role in the Biafra-Nigeria War (1967-1970)
Greg Fah Fombo and C. Nna-Emeka Okereke
8. Managing National Interests in Evolving Security Environment between Cameroon and Nigeria: A Historical Review
C. Nna-Emeka Okereke and Greg Fah Fombo
9. Understanding Security Relations and Defence Cooperation between Cameroon and Nigeria
C. Nna-Emeka Okereke and Roger Kuitche
10. Counterterrorism and Counter Insurgency Engagements of Cameroon-Nigeria Along Common Border Areas
Usman A Tar and Nufaisa Garba Ahmed
11. Smuggling of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products across Cameroon-Nigeria Borders
Freedom Chukwudi Onuoha and Jasper Chidiebube Uche
12. Environmental Governance and Related Human Security Issues in Nigeria-Cameroon Relations: Lagdo Dam in Perspective
Christian Ichite and Olanrewaju Lateef Yusuf
13. Maritime Domain Management and National Security: Cameroon-Nigeria Boundary in Perspective
Patrick Chibueze Nwatu
14. Cameroon-Nigeria Diplomatic Relations: Bakassi Crisis and International Court of Justice Decisions in Perspective
15. The Bakassi Question: Beyond the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Verdict
Sharkdam Wapmuk and Solomon Ayegba Usman
16. Cameroon-Nigeria Relations in the Light of Anglophone Crisis
C. Nna-Emeka Okereke and Obinna Ukaeje
17. Cameroon-Nigeria Bilateral Relations: Some Informed Projections
18. Cameroon-Nigeria Relations: A Select Annotated Bibliography
Pamela Ogwuazor Momah
About the Editors and Contributors
"This is a rich collection of empirically, theoretically, and conceptually grounded essays on various aspects of relations between Nigeria and Cameroon since the 1960s. The diverse perspectives and scholarly orientations of the contributors invest the volume with a breadth and depth that make it a welcome addition to the literature on Africa's international relations. This book explores in depth the contours of the often-fraught bilateral relations between neighbours who are paradoxically united and divided by the forces of history, geography, and imperialism. It is highly recommended to the scholar, policy analyst and practitioner, student, and general reader who is interested in the undercurrents and dimensions of Nigeria-Cameroon relations over the longue durée."
"An ingenious depiction of contestation and order in bilateral relations."
This is probably the first book that focuses on Nigeria-Cameroon relations and in such a comprehensive manner. It is a fascinating book that commends itself to anyone interested in accessing the minds of the policy framers of Nigeria-Cameroon relations. The account is both historical and aspirational on a subject that has so far eluded academic attention. It is a noted contribution to Nigerian foreign policy relations generally, and to Nigeria’s complicated relations with the contiguous French speaking state of Cameroon in particular. The volume navigates the intricate minefield of the fluctuating fortunes of Nigeria-Cameroon relations over a period of some 60 years. It is informative, well-organized, well-researched, and well-written. The account is presented with unique insight, in a style that is clear and direct, and with clarity.