Efem N. Ubi is an Associate Professor and the Acting Director of Research and Studies Department at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA). He holds a BSc. in Political Science from the University of Calabar; MSc in International Relations and Strategic Studies (IRSS) from the University of Jos and Ph.D in Contemporary International Relations from the prestigious Jilin University, China. Dr Ubi was the former Head, Division of International Economic Relations at the NIIA. He is also a Visiting Lecturer, Graduate School, Department of History and International Studies, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State; a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University, China; and also, a Reader (Adjunct) with the Department of History and International Relations, Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State. Furthermore, Dr Ubi is recipient of many awards, which include; the October 1st Award of China-Nigeria Friendship (2021), from The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Nigeria; the prestigious United States International Visitors Leadership Program (USIVLP) (2008); Appointed and Commissioned “Ambassador of Goodwill” by the Governor of the State of Arkansas, United State of America (2008); Recipient of 2015 Foreign Talent Introduction Program of the Zhejiang Provincial Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs, Zhejiang Province, China. Ubi’s research interests and focus spans, International Relations, International Economic Relations, China-Africa, African Political Economy, Development Studies, and Territorial and Boundary conflict/Management. He has published several academic papers with publishers like Sage, Routledge (Tailor and Francis), Taiwan Foundation for Democracy etc. His recent works includes: “Chinese Loans and Nigeria’s Infrastructural Development: Will the Future of Nigeria’s Sovereignty be Guaranteed?”, Africa-China Peace and Security Review, 2021; a chapter titled, “China and Africa’s peace and security: Examining China’s role in Nigeria’s insecurity”, Routledge, 2020; a co-edited book titled, “Perspectives on Contemporary Nigerian Politics and International Relations: Essay in Honor of Professor Warisu Oyesina”, 2020 ; “Is Liberal Democracy Failing In Africa or Is Africa Failing Under Liberal Democracy?” in Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 2019 (coauthored); and a Co-authored Book Chapter titled: “The Involvement of China in the Reconstruction of Nigeria’s Transport Infrastructures”, 2018.