Cyril Obi is currently a program director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and leads the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) program, bringing his extensive research, networking and publishing experience on African peace, security, and development to the Council. From January 2005-2011 he was a senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala, Sweden. He has been on leave since 2005 from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) where he is an associate research professor. In 2004 he was awarded the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala. Dr. Obi is also a research associate of the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a visiting scholar to the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Columbia University, New York.

Dr. Obi serves on the editorial boards of several reputable journals, including: African Affairs, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, African Security Review, International Political Science Review, African Journal of Democracy and Governance, African Journal of International Affairs, Governance in Africa, Strategic Review for Southern Africa, and Ubuntu: Journal of Conflict Transformation. He is also an international contributing editor to the Review of African Political Economy. His publications include The Rise of China and India in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Critical Interventions (London, 2010), with Fantu Cheru; Oil and Insurgency in the Niger Delta: Managing the Complex Politics of Petro-Violence (London: Zed Books, 2011), with Siri Aas Rustad; and a Special Issue of the African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014 (Indiana University Press), with T. Tieku and L. Scorgie-Porter. He also contributed articles to the following peer-reviewed journals: Review of African Political Economy (Vol. 41, No. 140, 2014), The Extractive Industries and Society (Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2014) and South African Journal of International Affairs (Vol. 22, Issue 2, 2015). Dr. Obi recently contributed a chapter, “Understanding the Resource Curse Effect: Instability and Violent Conflict in Africa” in Pamela Aall and Chester Crocker (eds.), Minding the Gap: Conflict Management in a Time of Change, Waterloo: CIGI, 2016. He is also the general editor of the Routledge book series on Peace, Conflict, and Security in Africa.