Ana Isabel Xavier

Ana Isabel Xavier


This research group follows on from and brings together expertise from previous Research Groups and Lines – “Dynamics and Interactions in Greater Eurasia” and “Studies of Peace and War” – with a view to deepening knowledge from an interdisciplinary perspective on current international security realities, new strategic data and imperatives for promoting peace, taking into account the latest approaches and developments at global, local or regional level – with emphasis on the European, Atlantic, Mediterranean and African areas, – as well as contributing to the spread of a culture of conflict resolution by peaceful means.

The vast majority of projects and activities are developed with partner institutions, both Portuguese and foreign.


Security Complex of African Institutions: APSA case studies and West, Southern and Eastern Africa 

Coord. Ricardo Sousa. Partnership with the CEI/ISCTE-IUL (proposing institution), Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa and the University of Valladolid (UVa). Project submitted to FCT R&D Projects competition, ref. PTDC/CPO-CPO/3874/2020


The Country we are, the World(s) we have: a roadmap for the Strategic Concept in the next decade

Coord. Ana Isabel Xavier, Luis Tomé and Luís Valença Pinto. Partnership with the UAL and UALMedia’s Center for Research in Media Practices and Skills (NIP-COM). Project submitted to tender for project grants by the Ministry of National Defence. It starts on 01 October 2020.


Peace and Religious Cohabitation through Times and Spaces. From the Great Empires of the Past to Present Times (PACTS).

Alessandro Saggioro e Luis Tomé. Partnership with Universita di Roma La Sapienza – Italy (proposing institution), Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Italy, Universidad Complytense de Madrid – Spain, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje – North Macedonia, Universidad de Cantabria – Spain and Ruhr-Universitaet Bocum – Germany, and also involving twelve other partners: University of Peace – Costa Rica, Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence – Bahrain, CNRS Paris – France, University of Freiburg – Switzerland, Tony Blais Institute for Global Change – United Kingdom, Mosaica – Israel, Instituto Marquês Valle Flôs – Portugal, Comunidade de Santo Egídio – Italy, Religious Freedom and Business Found – United States, Macedoninan Center for International Cooperation – North Macedonia, Bar IIan University – Israel and Fundacion for Islamic Culture and Religion – Spain. Submitted to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks of the European Union (Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020).


Conflict Management and Prevention in Guinea-Bissau

Ricardo Sousa. Project co-financed by Camões, ICL.


The New Chinese Silk Road and the Portuguese Speaking Countries

Coord. Cátia Miriam Costa and Luis Tomé. Partnership with CEI/ISCTE-IUL and involving 11 researchers from Portugal, Macau, Singapore and Brazil.


Euro-Mediterranean Security

Luis Tomé. Partnership with La Sapienza Universitá di Roma-Itália and Middle East Technical University (METU, Ankara – Turquia.
– 1st International Conference on EuroMediterranean Security. UAL, June, 1 – 2018
2nd International Conference on EuroMediterranean Security. La Sapienza-Roma, October, 1 – 2019


External Dimension of Internal Security

Luis Tomé. Partnership with Research Centre of the Higher Institute of Police Sciences and Internal Security (ICPOL-ISCPSI).
– Thematic Dossier in Janus Yearbook 2018-2019
– 1st Conference “External Dimension of Internal Security”. ISCPSI, May, 16 – 2019


Geopolitical Dynamics in Asia-Pacific

Luis Tomé.


Conflict Management and Resolution

Ricardo Sousa. Project co-financed by Camões, ICL.
– 1st International Conference on Conflict Management and Resolution. UAL, November, 29-30 – 2018
– Special Dorssier in JANUS.NET, e-journal of international relations, Vol. 10, n. 2 (Nov. 2019 – Apr. 2020)


International Relations, Geopolitics and Geoeconomics

Coord. Luis Tomé. Partnership with La Sapienza Universitá di Roma – Italy, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP) – Brazil and Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara – Turkey.
– Project associated to the PhD in International Relations: Geopolitics and Geoeconomy


Multipolarity and International Security
Europe-Asia Security Interactions
Asia-Pacific Geopolitics
The Transformation of NATO
International Criminal Justice
Perspectives on Security in the Mediterranean
European Security and Defence Policy – where does it come from and where does it go?
The Metamorphoses of Violence


Euro-Atlantic Security
African Peace and Security Architecture: consolidation or stagnation?
Challenges and Portugal’s involvement in international security


Ana Isabel Xavier (Coord.)
Andrea Carteny
Augusto Rogério Leitão
Bernardo Calheiros
Bruno Augusto Pereira Gabriel
Cláudia Regina
Diogo Ramos
Daniel Cardoso
Daniel Pommier Vincelli
Diego Magalhães
Edoardo Boria
Fatih Tayfur
Fernando Montenegro
Felipe Pathé Duarte
Francisco Xavier de Sousa
Gabriele Natalizia
Georgios Dimitriadis
Hermínio Matos
Hüseyin Bagci
Isabel Ferreira Nunes
Jara Cuadrado
Luís José Rodrigues Leitão Tomé
Luís Valença Pinto
Paula Pereira
Paulo Brardo Duarte
Ramy Aziz
Ricardo Alexandre
Ricardo Real Pedrosa de Sousa
Rita Duarte

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