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POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

Examines the current state and foreseeable developments of security and defense policies and strategies, as well as the external relations’ framework resulting from regional and international cooperation initiatives. Follows the developments arising from national and international threats such as weapons proliferation, nuclear, terrorism, energy security and cyber security. It analyzes also the normative dimension of global security with regard to humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect, human security, human rights, and security interdependence.

TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS

Analyzes the set of policies, doctrines, institutional mechanisms and capabilities employed in addressing challenges and containing international threats in the transatlantic space. Considers the challenges and regional threats and the whole range of national and Alliance answers for its management. Promotes the study of the relationship between transatlantic communities. Follows regional security and defense aspects within the intergovernmental relationship perspective in the framework of NATO and bilateral relations with the U.S., and the interests of Portugal in these contexts of political relationship, as well as in the framework of NATO-EU relations.

EUROPEAN SECURITY AND DEFENSE POLICY

Focused on the research of European developments in the framework of the institutions, of the foreign, security and defense policy of the European Union, and analyzes it at the level of concepts, policies, strategies, skills and international missions of the EU. It considers also the relationship between domestic and international security of the EU, in particular regarding the phenomena of radicalization, proliferation and terrorism. Bilateral and multilateral initiatives of European states in the security and defense context are also subject of study.

SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

Develops research in the African regional context within the framework of conflicts, preventive diplomacy, nexus between security and development, crisis management, security sector reform, and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. Follows the development of various multilateral and bilateral regional cooperation partnerships in the areas of security and defense. Monitors actions and rehabilitation programs of local institutions, and political, judicial, military and criminal administration in post-conflict situations..

NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR SECURITY AND DEFENSE

Focused on the study of a national strategy in a multidisciplinary perspective, considering the dimensions of security and defense in the perspective of State power factors, the evolution of national interests and objectives, in a global and interdependent relationship framework. Analyzes the current and predictable list of risks and threats posed to national security, equates priorities, resources and answers for development to address them, as well as the immediate and long-term scenarios where they may be employed.

CULTURE OF SECURITY AND CITIZENSHIP

Aims to bring together elements for the development of a systematic plan for national security and defense education, containing themes to be developed, pedagogical strategies to mobilize, and didactic resources to engage, in order to support the classes to be taught. The project also aims to substantiate its choices at the conceptual and theoretical levels, in order to conceptualize the pedagogical and didactic methodological options presented.

THE SEA AND THE NATIONAL INTEREST

Monitors and promotes the knowledge on the implementation of the National Strategy for Maritime Affairs and the course of the work of the Task Group on the European Maritime Policy and International Maritime Policy, considering its implications in the context of the enlargement of the continental shelf and of the sustainable exploitation of sea and ocean resources. Monitors the evolution of the national and international agenda on the oceans, its impact on the management of marine resources and its consequences for the sea economy and maritime industries.

BRAZIL AND SOUTH ATLANTIC

Follows the current situation and the future prospects for regional development. Promotes the understanding of national interests within the relations with Brazil and the South Atlantic countries on foreign policy, security and defense, regarding cooperation and regional integration initiatives. Fosters the knowledge about the multilateralization of the policies of the countries in the region, and the opportunities for cooperation with Portugal.


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