Centre For Strategic and Development Studies (CSDS)

CSDS in Brief
The CSDS of Ambrose Alli University was established in 1998 as a Centre for advanced  research and training in strategic, development and related studies.  It is a Centre for local and international interaction, where people of diverse backgrounds and interests from the academia, business, media and government, can freely engage in constant high-level dialogue on emerging national and global issues affecting public order, crime control, socio-economic and human development, and the overall management of national and international peace and security.

CSDS Mission

  • To promote a deeper understanding of all dimensions of security and development strategies through:
  • To run graduate programmes in security management and development strategies with particular focus on Africa and other Third World countries;
  • To conduct research on all aspects of defence and security, as wee as policy and development issues, and explore new approaches to the defence and security of Third Word countries;
  • To organize “fellowships” to enable aspiring scholars take up research work in defence, security, policy and development issues;
  • To organize seminars, conferences and workshops to widen the scope of general understanding of development strategies, defence and security issues;
  • To organize conflict management training programmes and workshops and conduct crisis/war games for government agencies and other interested bodies;
  • To accept consultancy in areas of policy, defence and security issues;
  • To publish and disseminate works on development strategies, defence, security and related issues;
  • To collect and preserve policy, defence, security and related data from all parts of the world and maintain a data bank;
  • To arrange with the University Librarian to set up a special reference section on defence and security, and to receive documents and preserve the private papers that are of defence and security in nature that may be deposited by Nigerians and or any other public functionaries;
  • To interact with similar Centres and institution all over the world and organize joint research programmes and workshops on issues affecting the management of world peace and security, as well as socio-economic and human development;
  • To establish and promote close linkages with similar Centres and institutions all over the world for mutual sharing of the benefits of research in the form of exchange of publications, reciprocal granting of research facilities, exchange of scholars, short-term mutual visits etc.

CSDS Research
Among the priority areas of the Centre’s research coverage are: conflict/crisis management,  threat analysis including electronic threats, defence and security, crime control and public order, socio-economic studies, strategic resource management, human resource management, regional integration, and development strategies.

CSDS Training Programmes
Two M.Sc/Post-graduate diploma programmes are offered at the Centre.  The duration of the post–graduate diploma and the M.Sc programmes are 9 and 12 months respectively.  A good honours degree with at least a second-class pass from a recognized University, plus a strong recommendation and evidence of sponsorship from the candidate’s employer, or guardian, are the requirement for admission to the Diploma/M.Sc. programmes.  Candidates with commensurate professional qualifications and experience may also be considered.

Post–graduate Diploma/M.Sc. in Strategic Studies
This comprises four course packages and a dissertation (for only the M.Sc students)

Modern Strategic Thought

  • Evolution of Modern Strategic Thought;
  • Technology and Modern Strategy;
  • Theories of International Peace and Security;

Defence and Internal Security Management

  • Approaches to national defence and internal security management;
  • Defence and internal security planning and budgeting;
  • Institutional and organizational security management;
  • Management of national defence apparatus;
  • Crime control, public order and internal security enforcement agencies;
  • Management of internal conflicts and crises/simulation exercises
  • Impact of modern technology on national defence and internal security management in selected States.

Security of African States

  • The Geo-Political and Strategic Situation in Africa;
  • Threats to African Security;
  • OAU/Sub-regional Organizations and the Management of African Security;
  • Minimization of conflicts in the continent (confidence-building measures and peace-support operations);
  • Integrated Conflict Management System;
  • Collective defence efforts at both regional and sub-regional levels; and
  • Cooperation with other Third World Regions.

Statistical Analysis and Computer Application

  • Computer and statistical analysis; and
  • Statistical and computer application.

A dissertation of about 20,000 words on defence and security-related topic is an additional requirement for the M.Sc in Strategic Studies.  Research work on the dissertation is done under the close supervision of one or two members of staff with relevant research experience in the student’s chosen topic.

Post-graduate Diploma/M.Sc in Policy and Development Studies.
This comprises four course packages:

  • Theories of public policy analysis;
  • Methodologies for analyzing public policy;
  • The policy-making process, including the determinants of public policy; and
  • Institutional provisions for public policy-making Comparative Development Strategies
  • Theories of development;
  • The political economy of development;
  • Infrastructures for accelerated development;
  • Different modes of development (capitalist, socialist, mixed grill etc);
  • Development trend/patterns in Third Word countries;
  • Obstacles to development in the Third World;
  • Different approaches to the acquisition of technology; and
  • Development strategies in selected countries.

Management of strategic Resources

  • Definition of strategic resources;
  • Analysis of some of the major strategic resources
  • The main suppliers and user of the major strategic resources
  • The inequity in supplier/user relationship;
  • Approaches to redressing this inequity, such as through collective price bargaining, in-source utilization, promotion of R & D among supplier nations etc.;
  • The importance of proper information management; and
  • Analysis of the state of the art in modern information technology.

Statistical Analysis and Computer Application

Doctorate Programmes
Two doctoral programmes, conducted purely by research, are available at the Centre. These are:

  • Ph.D.  in Strategic Studies; and
  • Ph.D.  in Policy and Development Studies

Candidates can compete for the two fellowships endowed for the two programmes for which are advertised both in national and international media every year.  Candidates who could not win the fellowship can undertake their research under self-finance or through and other sponsorship either on full-time or part-time basis.  The fields covered in the Centre’s doctoral programmes include conflict management, public order and crime control, policy, defence, security, development and related studies. The duration of the doctoral programme at the Centre is two year for all full-time (who are also the only ones qualified to compete for the Centre”s fellowship/grants) and a maximum of five years for part-time students.  Where an extension beyond two years is allowed for any full-time student enjoying the Centre’s fellowship or grant, it shall be without financial grant.  Research work at the Centre for the Ph.D. dissertation is conducted under the close supervision of one or two members of staff with relevant expertise and experience in the student’s chosen field. All Diploma/M.Sc. holders from the Centre are eligible to compete for the Ph.D Fellowships of the Centre. Other graduates with recognized equivalent qualifications could also compete.

CSDS Endowed Chairs
Three Professorial Chairs are endowed at the Centre for the purpose of providing opportunity for eminent scholars to spend short periods of one to two years at the Centre to carry out serious research in the chosen field for which the relevant Chairs is established. These are:

  • Professorial Chair in Strategic Studies;
  • Professorial Chair in Policy Studies; and
  • Professorial Chair in Development Studies.

Each Chair is tenable for one year; but could be renewed for another one year, should this become necessary for the incumbent to complete his research project.

CSDS Staff
The Centre’s  programmes are basically multi-disciplinary in nature and need expertise from a variety of fields.  To run its programmes, the Centre relies mainly on the relevant expertise spread across the various Faculties of the University. In addition, the Centre maintains a small core staff with expertise in the core areas of its activities, such as policy, defence, internal security, conflict management, crime control and public order and development studies.  All the offices of academic fellows working at the Centre are to be equipped with computers.  Those without computer knowledge will undergo an orientation programme for them to be able to use computer for the processing of their research materials independently.