Isidore Henry Edet

Isidore Henry EdetContextualising the ‘Conceptual-contextual’ divide: A Case Study of the Political Culture Influence on Nigeria’s Security Sector Reforms

Supervisors: Professor Paul Jackson and Dr Emeka Njoku

The academic and policy communities’ scant attention to the political culture underlying SSR despite extant documents’ acknowledgment of the concept’s political character, seemingly underplays the contradictions in SSR conceptualisation and operationalisation. SSR’s Western-oriented liberal values contrast with and are undermined by the semi-authoritarian regime norms of some non-Western operational contexts, especially in Africa, where the SSR liberal democratic peace norms are observed more in rhetorical appropriation and mimicry with the consequence of violent conflicts and insecurity.

Given Nigeria’s security sector dysfunctionality and near-failure status, the SSR liberal democratic-[un]democratic political culture paradox evident in its security sector governance frameworks, is Isidore’s research focus and the knowledge gap it seeks to close.

His research interests cover insurgency and counterinsurgency, national security policy/strategy making and its processes, civil-military relations, post-conflict reconstruction (DDR, security sector reforms and security sector governance).


  • International Master, Security Intelligence and Strategic Studies with distinction, University of Glasgow, 2021
  • MSc  Security Sector Management, Cranfield University, 2013
  • MA  Defence Studies, Kings College, London, 2005


Isidore Edet is a Nigerian ex-army officer with considerable practitioner experience including counterinsurgency and peacekeeping duty tours in Liberia and Sierra Leone. A highly motivated and driven person, he combines many years of field experience with strong academic credentials acquired from Professional Military Education (PME) in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and self-funded academic programmes in the United Kingdom.

During his military career, he has witnessed first-hand how an unreformed security sector not only results in the incapacity of its actors to effectively deliver security but also becomes a source of insecurity to the citizens. After retirement, his postgraduate research has aimed to acquire sound theoretical knowledge on security sector reforms and security sector governance. He strongly believes that applying his experiences effectively and beneficially would be more successful if he leverages a good theory-practice balance for solving real-world problem.

He was on the faculty of the National Defence College, Nigeria and a guest lecturer at the Army War College. During this period, he worked in various committees, among which were the National Security Policy Drafting Committee and the Advisory Committee on Defence Transformation.

Isidore mentors in his community, a group of young people who are in their early career years in the Nigerian military.

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