Professor Gambari establishes that Africa is at the center of Nigeria's foreign policy and ties Nigeria's prosperity and security to that of its neighbors. His analysis of the problems facing the Economic Community of West African States, Nigeria's uneasy relations with England and America, security issues, and the Palestinian question will be of particular interest to Africanists studying Africa's role in the international system.
Ibrahim A. Gambari is undersecretary general and special advisor on Africa for the United Nations. Formerly, he served as ambassador and permanent representative of Nigeria to the UN and was also foreign minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from January 1984 to August 1985. In addition, he has been a professor at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria; a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University, and Howard University; a research fellow at the Brookings Institution; and a resident scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Centre, Italy.