OS Y, E Z EC H U KWU N Y ER E N .
Department of Public Law
Imo State University
Owerri, Nigeria.


EZ E AN YIK A, S AMU EL E.
Department of Political Science
Imo State University
Owerri, Nigeria.


Abstract
The central argument of this ongoing academic debate is that the globalization and the democratization processes are two sides of
the same coin. By this we mean that there exists a symbiotic relationship between the two concepts, which impact lopsidedly on
the developed, developing and underdeveloped countries, respectively. The study posits that the internationalization of these concepts has also internationalized their positive effects, but particularly their concomitant negative ones such as pauperization, transnational criminal activities and internal crisis, leading to serious national security challenges for the underdeveloped countries. The study argues that the security challenges in the underdeveloped countries go beyond the containment capacity of their respective governments and therefore require global collaborative efforts. It justifies this position with the postulations of the dependency syndrome to which underdeveloped countries have been subjected to, ascribing them as the weak and disadvantaged partners in the globalizing and democratizing processes. The study concludes that its proposition is not intended to underplay the responsibility of underdeveloped countries’ governments to be responsive to the needs and demands of their citizenry for democracy and good governance. 

African Journal of International Politics and Diplomacy Vol.6 No. 1&2
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