The Concert of Medium Powers: its Origin, Composition and Objectives

Salami, Olawale B.


The Concert of Medium Powers’ or the ‘Lagos forum’ was Nigeria’s novel idea directed at consolidation Nigeria’s leadership role as a regional power in Africa and a force to be reckoned with in international affairs. the membership of the forum are Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, and Nigeria the host country. The aims and objectives of the forum as identified in the paper includes the consolidation of international peace and security through the process of confidence building among states especially the medium powers. In addition to this, the lagos for came about as a result of the need to fill the gap created by the stalemate in the conduct of international relations occasion largely by the dominance of two major powers namely the United state and the Soviet Union.

Keywords: Composition, Lagos Forum, Nigeria, Objectives, Power

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