OBSERVARE – Observatory of Foreign Relations
The Observatory of Foreign Relations was created in 1996 as a center for studies in International Relations at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL). Since then, it has conducted several research projects in this scientific area, among which the publication of JANUS Yearbook – initially co-edited with the newspaper PÚBLICO and later taken over by EDIUAL, publisher of UAL, should be highlighted.
In 2010 it was restructured, adopting the abbreviated international name of OBSERVARE. Its Statutes define it as a university research unit and as an organic unit of CEU – Cooperativa de Ensino Universitário / UAL, endowed with its own organs.
OBSERVARE integrates a significant number of Researchers and develops research in the area of International Relations, having defined strategic lines for its framework. It organises academic and scientific initiatives – conferences, colloquia, round tables among specialists – and some of the results of the studies are available in a book collection.
In addition to the aforementioned JANUS Yearbook and since autumn 2010, OBSERVARE also publishes an open and free access, peer reviewed online journal called JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations, which is indexed in prestigious international networks of scientific publications.
OBSERVARE is evaluated by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) since 2015.
The work of OBSERVARE is closely articulated with the courses of the Department of International Relations of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, specifically: a degree in ‘International Relations’, a Masters in ‘Peace and War Studies and International Relations’ and a PhD in ‘International Relations: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics’.
The OBSERVARE maintains close working relationships with Portuguese and foreign universities and other institutions that share common interests, participating and promoting transnational research programs.