Cyril Obi

Cyril Obi is currently a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and leads the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) program, bringing his extensive research, networking and publishing experience on African peace, security and development to the Council. From January 2005-2011 he was a Senior Researcher and leader of the Research Cluster on Conflict, Displacement and Transformation at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala, Sweden. He also managed the highly regarded joint African Security Lecture Series for researchers and practitioners in Swedish public, peace and security organizations, organized by NAI in cooperation with the Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI). While at NAI, Dr. Obi also coordinated a research program on ‘Post Conflict Transition: the State and Civil Society in Africa’, which involved managing Nordic and African research networks on aspects of the transition from conflict to post-conflict democratization, justice, peace and development on the continent. He also mentored many African researchers hosted through the Institute’s Guest Researcher’s Scholarship Program. Working with African and Nordic researchers and several African institutions, he commissioned and published many studies on various aspects of peace and security in Africa. He has been on leave since 2005 from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) where he is an Associate Research Professor. In 2004 he was the second recipient of the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala.

Dr. Obi has received many international academic awards and fellowships from regional and global centers of excellence, and has participated in the activities of several African research networks such as the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Dr. Obi is widely published internationally and serves on the editorial boards of several journals: the International Political Science Review, African Security Review, African Journal of International Affairs, and the Review of Leadership in Africa. He also serves as an international contributing editor of the Review of African Political Economy, and a member of the international advisory board of Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict Transformation.  His articles and book chapter contributions have been published in many languages including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Norwegian and Swedish. His recent publications include, The Rise of China and India in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Critical Interventions, London and Uppsala; Oil and Insurgency in the Niger Delta: Managing the Complex Politics of Petro-Violence, London: Zed Books, 2011 and contributed a chapter on, “ECOWAS-AU Security Relations”, in James Hentz (ed.), Routledge Handbook of African Security, Oxford and New York: Routledge, August 2013. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Lagos.

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Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
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