PCR 403: Weapons Proliferation and Conflicts

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. evaluate issues surrounding weapons proliferation and its impact on governance, insecurity and socio-cultural decay in Nigeria; and
  2. critique case studies in relation to weapons proliferation, conflicts and derive resolution strategies.
Course Contents

Trends in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological and chemical weapons) and subsequent policy issues. State of Israeli stockpiling, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Iran- Iraq weapon usage, and of course the India- Pakistan fear of Weapon of Mass Destruction (Nuclear stockpiling). The status of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime will also be examined.

There should be clear references to proliferations of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) into Africa especially following the outbreak of the ‘Arab Springs’ in the North Africa and following the death of Muammar Gadhafi of Libya. National efforts to mitigate the continuous inflow of the illicit weapons.