The head of the Centre is the Provost. The Provost reports to the Commandant on the day-to-day running of the Centre. He also represents the Commandant and the College in all matters of collaboration and cooperation with external institutions in the context of research, training and advocacy, within Nigeria and beyond. The Centre has 6 Departments as follows:
- Department of Conflict, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Studies
- Department of Defence and Security
- Department of Governance and Public Policy
- Department of Area and Regional Studies
- Department of Science and Technology
- Department of Editorial and Publications
The Department of Area and Regional Studies (DARS)
Nigeria is a regional power in Africa and has eyes set on becoming a major global power. However, this objective and other national interests may remain largely unattainable unless the government is supported by the provision of well researched information and policy options from strategic institutions such as the NDC. The Department of Area and Regional Studies (DARS) in the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies was established to provide specialist knowledge and information, on demand, and in a timely manner, to Nigeria’s policy makers on any given area or region of the world.
In line with Nigeria’s broad foreign and defence policy, the major framework for analysis is that of constructive concentricism, which begins with Nigeria’s immediate neighbourhood, where information will be acquired on issues relevant to her interests and extending to the other parts of the world. Nigeria’s leadership role in West Africa places her at a vantage position of doing same at the continental as well as the global levels. This could be located within the notion of the four concentric circles of national interest. At the core of these circles lies a concern with Nigeria’s own security, predicated on the cultivation of good neighbourly relations especially with her immediate neighbours. This is in recognition of the fact that her security is inextricably tied to the security of West Africa, and it is for this reason that the second circle expands to include the whole of the West African sub-region. In this regard, Nigeria has demonstrated foresight and ability to project power in seeking to contribute to peaceful resolution of conflicts outside her immediate neighbourhood.
Nigeria’s firm belief in good neighbourliness had motivated her to support democratic efforts in Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The Department of Conflict, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Studies (DCPHS)
The Department of Conflict, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Studies (DCPHS) is one of the six functional Departments of the Centre. The Department undertakes studies, research and training on a wide range of issues related to conflicts, peacekeeping and humanitarian matters.
The conflict component of the Department is designed to expand the frontiers of understanding of the phenomenon of conflict in its various ramifications and to inform policies towards its effective prevention, management and resolution.
The humanitarian component of the Department centres on humanitarian emergencies in Nigeria and Africa, especially those emergencies that could lead to armed conflicts or result from such conflicts. In this respect, special attention is being devoted to, among others:
- Improving the performance and use of information gathering and early warning systems in response to emergencies;
- Enhancing national, sub-regional and regional arrangements, for emergency response;
- Improving arrangements for coordination and cooperation in the mobilization of resources in response to humanitarian emergencies;
- Enhancing the effectiveness of humanitarian organizations working in Africa, including the security of their personnel and operations; and
- Improving cooperation and coordination between humanitarian organizations and military forces in peacekeeping missions
In addition to these, work under the humanitarian affairs component also covers selected issues which have the potential to provoke humanitarian crises, such as man-made and natural disasters.
The Peace Support Operation (PSO) component of the Department is concerned with all issues relating to the conduct of PSO. The emphasis on these issues shall be dictated by the most important challenges to peace operations in Africa.
The Department of Defence and Security Studies (DDSS)
Contemporary international landscape is characterised by volatile security challenges affecting every segment of society. Terrorist attacks, ethno-religious conflicts, banditry, climate change-inspired resource conflicts, etc, are all pressing realities of our time. These challenges have awakened the consciousness of the international community to the need for concerted actions in defence of their national and shared security interests.
The main preoccupation of the Department of Defence and Security Studies (DDSS) is to intellectually engage with the evolving defence and security challenges, with particular emphasis on their implications for Nigeria and Africa at large. In this respect, keen interest is devoted to globalisation which has led to the emergence of a more inter-dependent world where threats emanating from one state can almost instantaneously affect the security of another state. Globalisation has altered the security landscape and given rise to new security threats, including asymmetric warfare and transnational organised crimes.
However, defence does not necessarily mean the ultimate use of hard or military power or force alone. Research at the Department is thus equally focused on the application of soft power and non kinetic strategies as effective tools for achieving the nation’s strategic objectives in an emerging global society.
The Department of Governance and Public Policy (DGPP)
The spectre of bad governance has been the bane of most African countries, including Nigeria. However, Africa has made modest progress in governance in recent years. This is evident in the declining levels of violent conflicts, civil wars, consolidation of peace and security, economic growth as well as improvements in living standards in some countries.
These gains of governance across the political, social and economic spheres emphasise the need for reforms through addressing challenges in the electoral process, rule of law, observance of human rights, democracy and security. Developments such as the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) are certainly rights steps in this direction.
The Department of Governance and Public Policy (DGPP) is tasked to undertake rigorous research and studies on Constitutionalism, Rule of Law, Transparency and Accountability, Public Policy Process, Human Rights, Democracy, Participation, Elections, Political Parties and Civil Society Groups, with a view to contributing to the deepening of democratisation, good governance, security and human centred development in Africa.
Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Recent developments in science and technology, in particular the dramatic advancements in Information and Communication Technology (lCT), have triggered significant and revolutionary changes in many areas of society. It is well known that technology rides with the globalization of economies, while innovative science provides insights and approaches to development and helps leap-frog rather than follow the trodden path. Thus, it is important to create a strong edifice of research in science and technology to guarantee the long-term technological competitiveness and security of Nigeria.
In this regard, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is designed to engage in rigorous research and studies in science and technology to promote and strengthen national security in Nigeria and across Africa. Indeed, the issue of insecurity has been the scourge of most African countries, including Nigeria. However, science and technology innovations, which involve the use of ICT, industrial technology, agriculture, medical science, etc, have tremendous potential which could be leveraged upon to change the situation, including the transformation of the rural economy through the provision of skills and upgrading of traditional technologies for the benefit of national security.
Department of Editorial and Publications (DEP)
The College authority recently approved the take-off of the Editorial and Publications Department as the sixth department in the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies. The Department is conceived as the hub for publishing by the Centre and the College and was established to anchor and organise the publications endeavours of the Centre/College. It will facilitate the development of a comprehensive publications programme and strategy which would support and promote the intellectual output of the Centre/College. The Department will also oversee the strategic development of publishing in the Centre and the College and ensure the overall quality and integrity of publications emanating from the institution.
Functions of the Editorial and Publications Department
The Department, among other responsibilities, is to undertake the following:
- Editing texts and materials across a range of publications including books, journals, monographs, reports, policy papers, etc. to ensure the highest standards of scientific content and presentation;
- Ensuring clarity of content and stylistic integrity consistent with established standards and the NDC Style manual;
- Providing leadership in all aspects of publishing operations, including commissioning, editing, production, distribution, marketing and customer service;
- Coordinating the production and dissemination of publications, both traditional, electronic and online;
- Developing proposals for new publications and publishing projects in line with the priorities and mandate of the Centre and the College;
- Managing and supervising the peer-review process to ensure multi-level editorial control of publications for scientific and production quality;
- Promoting and enhancing innovative and cost-effective publishing strategies for both traditional and electronic publications;
- Ensuring effective liaison with authors, peer-reviewers, editors and other stakeholders towards the fulfilment of the goals of NDC publishing;
- Coordinating the translation of publications and related issues such as reprint rights and copyright permissions;
- Initiating and managing collaborations with other publishers and organisations in terms of their scientific and financial viability;
- Producing and updating content for the College website;
- Conducting periodic review of College publications and producing actionable reports for the attention of College authorities and Committees.