The Center for International Studies is a university-based multidisciplinary research center of the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). Resulting from the expansion of the Center for African Studies (CEA-IUL), CEI-IUL promotes interdisciplinary research, supports postgraduate education and disseminates of research and knowledge at conferences, seminars and publications. CEI-IUL gathers researchers focusing on social studies, politics and international relations, development studies, economics and management. The Center is organized in a matrix of geographic lines (Africa, Asia, Europe and Transatlantic Relations) and research groups (Institutions, Governance and International Relations; Development and Societal Challenges; Economics and Globalisation).
The research group “Institutions, Governance, and International Relations” develops its activities across the several geographic lines, focusing on the political aspects of International Studies.
This research group covers two major research programmes. The first is “international relations and global governance”, where researchers study the architecture of global governance and international, regional, and global political institutions, as well as organisations, such as the United Nations, the Africa Union, NATO, the European Union, and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. The second research program focuses on the multidisciplinary study of the most relevant “security challenges for the twenty-first century”. It includes traditional threats to peace, such as bilateral and regional armed conflicts; the perils of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; and the proliferation of conventional weapons and technologies. Particular attention will be given to the spread of new, cross-border, and transnational challenges to peace and security. Among the topics explored we include the interplay between information technologies and security (namely cyber defence), terrorism prevention, energy security, and also environmental security, demographic developments and health risks, climate change, food and water shortage, and increasing energy needs. The research will also focus on positive security perspectives, which rely on non-violent measures, to quantitatively and qualitatively analyse efforts developed by international and regional organisations and nongovernmental agents. The goal of these perspectives is to de-escalate, solve conflicts, and to promote cooperation both at a bilateral or multilateral level.
Luís Manuel Brás Bernardino, PhD, is Lieutenant-Colonel at the Portuguese infantry. Currently, Luís is involved in research at the Centro de Estudos Internacionais of ISCTE-IUL within the scope of a post-doctoral project dealing with the African Peace and Security Architecture, and the African sub-regional organizations. Luís participates on a regular basis in national and international seminars, and publishes articles in journals specialized on security and defence issues. In addition, he is currently teaching at the Academia Militar in Lisbon.
Inês Casais is a research assistant in CEI-IUL. She is a PhD student at ISCTE-IUL and her main research interest is EU's Common Security and Defense
Ana Mónica Fonseca
Ana Mónica Fonseca is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Center for International Studies at the University Institute Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and a Guest Assistant Professor at the History Department also at ISCTE-IUL. Her main research areas are Southern Europe democratic transitions, Portuguese-German relations during Cold War, transatlantic relations, German History, democracy promotion and transnational history
Manuel João Ramos - Deputy Director of CEI-IUL
Manuel João Ramos, PhD. and habil., is Associate Professor in Anthropology at ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon and Deputy Director of CEI-IUL. He publishes on on risk and conflict, mainly on the Horn of Africa.
Luís Nuno Rodrigues - Deputy Director of CEI-IUL; Director of the Master in International Studies at ISCTE-IUL
Luís Nuno Rodrigues is Associate Professor at the Department of History of ISCTE, University Institute of Lisbon (www.iscte.pt), where he coordinates the graduate program on History, Defense and International Relations, the Master in International Studies. Luís Nuno Rodrigues is a researcher at CEI-IUL, Center for International Studies. He is also the Editor of the Portuguese Journal of Social Science. A former Fulbright student, Rodrigues holds a PhD in American History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. His most recent book is a collective volume on worldwide perceptions of NATO, six decades after its creation.
Filipe Romão is invited assistant professor at ISCTE-IUL and associate researcher at CEI-IUL. Professor at the Department of International Relations, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. PhD in International Relations by the University of Coimbra
Aleksi Ylönen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for International Studies (CEI-IUL), University Institute of Lisbon. Previously he has been a postdoctoral researcher at University of Turku, Finland, and a visiting researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany. His work concentrates on armed conflicts and security issues, particularly in Sudan and the greater Horn of Africa. Dr. Ylönen has lectured at a number of universities, and his work has been published in books, journals, magazines and newspapers in various languages.