The Authority Icon: GEORGE OBIOZOR
For defining new pathways and templates of engagement for Nigeria which will enhance her fruitful relationships in a competitive global village; for deploying realism and pragmatism as the new language of international diplomacy, Professor George Obiozor is The AUTHORITY Icon
He is an informed diplomat’s diplomat who mastered his turf through deep erudition and a searching mind. He shaped the way Nigeria should engage the world, particularly, the United States. A top-flight academic, with his life’s works he demonstrated that the power of rigorous thinking can indeed be used to bridge deficits in governance and elevate society. Meet Professor George A. Obiozor.
He was born on August 15, 1942, in Imo State. He serves as the Chairman at AiQ Capital Management Limited. Obiozor is Nigeria’s former ambassador to United States. Prior to this, he was the nation’s ambassador to the State of Israel, and High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus between 1999 and 2003. He studied at the Institute of African Studies, and Albert Schweitzer College. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) Summa Cum Laude at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, US, in 1969; Masters of Arts (MA) and Doctorate (PhD) Degrees at Columbia University, in 1974 and 1976 respectively.
From 1964 to 2003, Obiozor held many important positions in Nigerian government and academia including Senior Research Fellow at Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and Director-General of Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Lagos (1991-1999). He was actually one of the most distinguished Director-General of NIIA.
He has written many books and articles on Nigeria’s foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic politicking. His vast experience and profound knowledge in diplomacy has become a great asset in rebuilding Nigerian image and the relationship with the United States.
He is the author of “Uneasy Friendships: Nigeria-United States Relations”, a hand book for Diplomats and has provide politicians with deep insights to Nation Building with his work on “The politics of precarious balancing: an analysis of contending issues in Nigerian domestic and foreign policy”
For defining pathways and templates of engagement for Nigeria which will enhance her fruitful relationships in a competitive global village; for deploying realism and pragmatism as the new language of international diplomacy, Professor George Obiozor is The AUTHORITY Icon.