At present, the Centre has five departments, namely 

•    Area and Regional Studies, 
•    Conflict, Peace-keeping and Humanitarian Affairs,
•    Defence and Security Studies,
•    Governance and Public Policy and

•    Department of Science and Technology


The Department of Area and Regional Studies (DARS) was established to provide specialised knowledge and information to Nigeria’s policymakers on any given area or region of the world on demand. To accomplish this objective, the department carries out its activities through daily monitoring of events in Nigeria and elsewhere which it documents in its weekly reports called DARS Weekly reports. In addition, the Department is also expected to host seminars, workshops and conferences in pursuit of its mandate, which specifically focuses on Nigerian foreign policy and external relations. 


The Department of Conflict, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Studies (DCPHS) as presently constituted is a merger between the Departments of Conflict Studies and Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in August 2006. The DCPHS undertakes research, studies and training over a wide range of issues related to conflict, peace support operations and humanitarian challenges in Nigeria, West Africa and Africa. Its work is designed to expand the frontiers of understanding of conflict in all its ramifications and to inform policies toward its effective prevention, management and resolution. Its activities and programmes are carried out within national and international environments. The DCPHS is the NDC focal point for International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC), African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) and strategic-level peacekeeping training for ECOWAS. It also houses the Africa Peace Review journal. Apart from its research activities, the DCPHS collaborates with ECOWAS, AU and the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC), Canada, in capacity-building for strategic-level peacekeeping training. Specifically, it has conducted 3 UN Senior Mission Leaders Courses. It has plans to conduct police and civilian-specific courses together with its training partners like PPC, Canada.

The Department of Defence and Security Studies (DDSS) was set up recognising that in today’s world defence and security studies have become much more strategic to the survival of nation states. The department has as its focus, contribution to knowledge in general but in particular to the reconstruction of the global defence and security system. The effort is conceived towards the general re-ordering of the world for sustainable security development as well as meeting the challenges arising from globalisation. The vision of the department is anchored on defining and establishing the purpose of defence and security in a manner that advances and facilitates the attainment of Nigeria’s interests at continental and global levels. The department thus has the mission of conducting research and training as well as capacity building for experts and personnel in the defence and security sector. It also strives to create a network of inter-connectivity that could analyse and generate policy issues towards the achievement of democratic governance in the defence and security sector in Nigeria and Africa.


The Department of Governance and Public Policy (DGPP) was set up to carry out research and studies in the areas of good governance and democracy. Among the issues it focuses on are constitutionalism in governance, rule of law, transparency and accountability, human rights, popular participation, elections and electoral issues, political parties, and civil society groups, among others. The department engages in researching and formulating strategies for the promotion of democracy, civil society, human rights, good governance, transparency and accountability and human-centred development. The vision of the department is anchored on collaboration with other government agencies and institutions such as NEPAD, ECOWAS, AU, UN, Ministries Departments and Agencies on issues related to good governance and democracy. It maintains collaborative relationships with the National Assembly, ECOWAS and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) NEPAD-Nigeria.


Department of Science and Technology The Department of Science and Technology (DST) was set up primarily to track, monitor and analyze development in science and technology sector as they affect the military, defence and security of Nigeria, at the same time, to provide credible and timely security information that can help to protect the nation. Its areas of research focus are in the Military Technology Programme, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Engineering and Industrial Technology, Information Warfare, Operations and Strategy Programme, Environmental and Agricultural Science, and Biotechnology and Medical Sciences. DST is in charge of organizing trainings in the areas of Science and technology for Security Operatives, Effects of Information and Communication Technology in the Military, Food Security and National Security and Medical Science and Military. In addition to its training programmes, it organizes workshops, conferences, colloquium, round-table and seminars on issues of science and technology and its effects on national security. It also focuses attention on the revolution in the Military Affairs (RMA) and the vast advancement in ICT, studies the continuous transformation of and the future battle space in terms of their impacts and ramification for the world and Nigerian military in particular, as well as providing advice and recommendations on the need and scale of investment in Hi-Tech in Nigeria following the data gathered on Hi-Tech in other parts of the world. The department is set to achieve its aim through a set of clear, well thought out objectives in addition to its continuous active collaboration with national and international institutions involved in research and development, such as National Agency for Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Ministry of Science and Technology, and other such institutions, to help build synergy in the promotion of the requisite advancement for Nigerian Military, making it a digital military. For the Nigerian military, the department serves as the catalyst in building the armed forces of the future through sound policy ideas.