The interdisciplinary Institute of Advanced Military Studies (IAMS) at the Kwara State University (KWASU) Malete, was established in January 2018. It is domiciled on the fourth floor of the college of Engineering and Technology Building at KWASU main campus, Malete, Kwara State.
The Institute is mandated to award Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Advanced Military Studies. The doctoral program is to groom students through immersion in the advanced history and multi disciplinary theories of war as a fundamental human challenge. The program would also interrogate the immense potential transformational consequences of war related inventions and technological innovations for society and state as well as their implications for systemic stability.
Premised on the recognition of war as a problematic existential reality that many experts essentially consider as central to the evolution of world history and development; social, political, economic, the objectives of the IAMS are, through cutting edge research, to bridge discernible gaps in the appreciation of the interactive connectedness of the military as an institution and developments, including the trajectory of the whole spectrum of pivotal human engagements, of the larger society at both the global and local levels. The focus of IAMS is on the expressions of the paradoxical nexus between the military and state and society in the post colonial environment.
Noting also that advances in technology, globalization and the increasing turbulence of global politics are driving the continuous evolution of the nature and character of war, categories of protagonist forces have emerged: conventional military forces of state actors with increasing accent on specialized forces, non conventional forces of non state actors , terrorists that are permanently engaged in combat with state forces as well as with other non state forces. At the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution (digital age) these all have major consequences for post colonial entities with a history of total appropriation of the political space by the military establishment.