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In developing its vocation as a strategic thinking production and training center for the security and defense issues, the IDN hosts the annual “Intensive Course on Security and Defense” (CISEDE).

This course has the nature of an intensive course and aims to contribute for the education of citizens as: informed, aware and thus better able to intervene in issues related to the security and national and international defense in a comprehensive and integrated meaning, therefore being an important career enhancement through the knowledge and information it provides, also promoting team spirit and contributing for a better future sectorial coordination between decision-makers.

The first edition of the course, held in the Azores, took place in the academic year 2009-2010.

The auditors are provided with:

  • Extensive information and a space for reflection and debate on the issues of security and national defense;
  • An update contact with the national and international realities;
  • The exchange of ideas arising from the diversity of academic and professional experience of the participants.


  • Promote an in-depth knowledge of security and defense issues at the national and international levels;
  • Promote the training for a strategic culture of security and defense, enabling auditors for a more full and effective civic consciousness;
  • Enhance the awareness of civil society for the security and defense issues, in order to contribute to a more sustained political decision;
  • Develop analytical and critical skills that foster:
    • The active participation in the production of security, through the involvement of the citizens;
    • The development of scientific and/or professional skills.


The CISEDE is intended primarily for the Portuguese citizens residing in the autonomous regions and who meet the general selection criteria. The course only takes place once per year, alternately between the Azores and Madeira.

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