Call for Papers: NERCT 2017

Nigeria is unfortunately often considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Terrorism, communal violence, kidnapping, poverty, hunger, disease, corruption, major crimes, theft, arson and militia violence are part, in some form or the other, of the daily lives of Nigerians. Wishing to contribute to a reversal of this situation, the Nigeria Emergency Response and Counter-Terrorism Workshop (NERCT) was created in 2013 with the goal to bring together Nigerian and international practical and analytical security expertise to find solutions to Nigeria’s insecurity.

For its 4th edition, NERCT will be held for the first time in Lagos, within the academic halls of the University of Lagos on October 11-12, 2017. Also for the first time, NERCT is issuing a call for papers for the event, giving a larger pool of experts the opportunity to significantly contribute to NERCT’s proceedings and help find applicable solutions to Nigeria’s security issues.

The call for papers is open to any security practitioner, researcher, first responder, policy maker or student whose work will contribute to a better understanding of Nigeria’s security problems and above all else, can provide tangible, practical solutions to improve the security of Nigerians.

The recommended topics for NERCT 2017 include, but are not limited to:

  • Women and Boko Haram: Victims and Perpetrators
  • Connecting the Dots: Terrorism from Nigeria to Libya
  • Civilian Security: Are Vigilante Groups a growing Threat to Nigeria?
  • Is the Nigerian Army overwhelmed by Nigeria’s Security Situation?
  • Stronger together: Improving Collaboration between Security Branches
  • Are changing Terrorist Tactics a Sign of Weakness or Strength?
  • Use of PR when dealing with Terrorism
  • How to Use Social Media for Intelligence Gathering Purposes
  • How Leadership affects Quality of Emergency Response
  • Providing effective first Response with limited Means
  • Countering Kidnappings and how to protect yourself if kidnapped
  • Maritime Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Security

The submitted abstract must not exceed 300 words. Any abstract exceeding the amount will automatically be dismissed. All abstracts must be submitted by e-mail to before August 31, 2017. Individuals submitting papers will be informed of the acceptance of the paper by September 8, 2017.

Please note that NERCT does not offer financial support to attend the event. Authors of accepted papers will not be required to pay the registration fee. For international applicants, NERCT organisers will provide you with the necessary paperwork for your visa application for Nigeria.

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We hope that you will help us make NERCT 2017 a successful event.