International Conference on "Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Nigeria: Critical Perspectives on Boko Haram", Nigerian Defence Academy, Ribadu Campus, Kaduna, 14-17 January 2019

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January 14, 2019 to January 17, 2019

In collaboration with the Victims Support Fund (VSF),  the Centre for Defence Studies and Documentation (CDSD), Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), invites papers for an international conference with the above theme to be held at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Ribadu Campus, Kaduna on 14-17 January 2019

The event will feature two key activities:

1. Methodology Workshop: This will bring together contributors whose abstracts are accepted after initial peer review. The workshop will capacity-building for the individual researchers. Two technical papers will be presented by the following resource persons:

a. Professor Isaac Albert, University of Ibadan – Researching Violent Conflicts 
b. Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu, University of Nigeria – Best Practices in Conflict Research

The technical papers will be followed by presentations by individual researchers. Each individual paper will be followed by constructive feedback from the technical experts and peers.

2. International Conference: The international conference will include those whose papers have passed a second peer review after the methodology workshop.  However, exceptional papers will be accepted from those who have missed the Methodology Workshop. The conference will comprise ceremonial opening, keynote speeches by eminent scholars/practitioners; Lead papers, Discussants and plenary papers.  


✅ Submission of abstracts: 20 June 2018.

✅ Selection/sorting/acceptance of potential papers: 30 June 2018.

✅ Submission of full papers for Methodology Workshop: 30 July 2018.

✅ Methodology Workshop: 12-15 August 2018.

✅ Submission of full conference papers: 9 December 2018.

✅ International Conference, 14-17 January 2019.


1. *Abstracts: this should cover one of the si x Conference Thematic Areas (see below), Title, Author/institutional affiliation, an Abstract of not more than 250 words and tentative structure of work.

2. Methodology Paper: this should outline the background of the study and key options and strategies for data collection and analysis. The Methodology paper should be not more than 4,000 words.

3. Full Conference Paper: This should be organized into fluid and coherent structure with clear introduction, conceptual/theoretical framing, background, methodology, presentation and analysis of data, conclusion/recommendations and references. Conference papers should not be more than 8,000 words in length to include references, tables, maps and figures.

4. Originality: Workshop/Conference papers should be an original work of the author and not considered elsewhere for publication.

5. Fluidity of Analysis: Manuscripts should written in fluid language and be free of vulgar or discriminatory language. Manuscripts should be thoroughly proof-read before submission.

6. Formatting Manuscripts should be in Times New Roman, 12 font size, double line spacing in Microsoft word format.

7. Referencing: papers should conform with the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style 6th Edition. Explanatory notes and extant explications should be presented as “End Notes” not “Footnotes”. 

8. Cover Page: The cover page should be separate from the main paper, and should contain the title of the chapter, full name of the author (s), address, telephone number (s), and email address of the author(s).


Papers are welcome on the following themes (additional themes and panels will be considered)

Theme 1: The Emerging Conceptual Issues on Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency

▶ Conceptualizing Insurgency and counter-insurgency
▶ Conceptualizing terrorism and counter-terrorism
▶ Analysis of religious fundamentalism and emergence of violent ideologies 
▶ Comparative analysis of the Local and International Dimensions of Terrorism/Insurgency

Theme 2: The Origins, Evolution and Dynamics of the Boko Haram Insurgency

▶ The origin and history of Boko Haram Insurgency
▶ The evolution of Boko Haram Insurgency
▶ The dynamics of Boko Haram Insurgency
▶ The Political economy of Boko Haram Insurgecy
▶ Profiling of Boko Haram Insurgency

*Theme 3:  Key Challenges in the Local and International Management of Insurgency*
▶ The context of the Boko Haram insurgency
▶ The challenges of local counter-insurgency strategy and response in Nigeria
▶ National legislation against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria 
▶ The challenges of international and regional protocols and responses to insurgency and terrorism
▶ International organizations and counter-insurgency strategy: implication for global security

Theme 4: National institutional Preparedness and Responses for Dealing with Terrorism and Insurgency in Nigeria

▶ An analysis of the Nigerian national security architecture 
▶ Nigerian National Defence Policy 
▶ Inter-agency collaboration for national counter-insurgency 
▶ Operational and tactical challenges 
▶ Intelligence and information management in counter-insurgency 
▶ Command and control 
▶ Procurement and logistics 
▶ Civil-military relations in the management of insurgency in Nigeria 
▶ Civilians in the Frontline: Civilian Joint Task Force and counter-insurgency in Nigeria

Theme 5: Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

▶ Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of Armed Combatants
▶ Management of Internally displaced persons and refugees 
▶ Post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding
▶ Reconciliation and transitional justice
▶ Development governance and post-conflict peacebuilding  

Theme 6: The implications of Boko Haram Insurgency for National Security in Nigeria

▶ Proliferation of small arms and light weapons
▶ Radicalisation and deradicalisation 
▶ Hate speech and violent ideologies 
▶ Low intensity conflict
▶ Insurgency and human security 
▶ Insurgency, sexual violence and exploitation
▶ Boko Haram and other conflicts in Nigeria


Upon acceptance, paper presenters are required to pay a non-refubdable fee of 5,000 Naira for Nigerian participants, and 20 US Dollars for foreign participants. Account details: Econbank, Victims Support Fund Research Project, Account Number 4913075318, Short Code 050110652.


Conference papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with ISBN number. Exceptional papers will be processed as chapters for a seminal edited volume. 

Contact Info: 

Professor Usman Tar
Conference Coordinator
Head, Centre for Defense Studies and Documentation 
Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna 
Telephone: +234 8092333955

Mr Yekini Bello
Project Desk Officer, NDA-VSF Research Project
Centre for Defense Studies and Documentation 
Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna 
Telephone: +234 8134766903

Conference Secretariat
Centre for Defence Studies and Documentation
Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna
Telephone: +234 9051505052