Dr Frank Aragbonfoh Abumere

Dr Frank Aragbonfoh Abumere

Academic Visitor

Frank Aragbonfoh Abumere is the leader of the “Developing World” Working Package 4 of the Globalising Minority Rights Research Group at UiT Norway and is a visiting research fellow/an associate staff at the Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  He is currently working on a research project which is aimed at showing that; in the future there will be a divergent from the past and the present in terms of how sub-Saharan African states deal with minority rights. In sub-Saharan African states, due to a combination of internal and international dynamics, rejection of minority rights is the norm. Focusing on the international dynamics, he seeks to interpret the past, explain the present and make an educated guess about what the future is likely to be. He is working with the hypothesis that: in the present, while sub-Saharan African states reject minority rights partly because of their historical relationship with Western states (the past); in the future, even if sub-Saharan African states still reject minority rights it will not be because of their historical relationship with Western states. This expected divergence is based on the grounds that: in the past, sub-Saharan African states and Western states were, to a large extent, members of an international system; in the present, they are, to a large extent, members of an international society, and; in the future, they are likely to be members of a cosmopolitan world