8, 9, & 10 MAY | IV International Conference Europe as a Global Actor

CEI-IUL, in partnership with OBSERVARE-UAL and TSF, is organizing the IV edition of the International Conference “Europe as a global actor”, on May 8, 9, & 10, 2019.

In a year marked by European Parliament elections, the volatility of the growing Eurosceptic movements throughout Europe alongside the uncertainties of the Brexit process and the unrest at the EU’s borders have represented serious challenges for the European Union. The fourth edition of the international conference “Europe as a Global Actor” seeks to understand the EU’s role in the world by looking inward and focusing on issues of legitimacy, democracy, and the role of EU institutions in the lives of citizens. The conference will also touch upon topics such as significant threats to the EU’s ontological security, including terrorism, organized crime, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, climate change, and hybrid warfare. In addition, the EU’s relationship with other major players – including the USA, China, Turkey, or Russia – will also be debated.

The Conference Program includes thematic panels, round tables with keynote speakers, as well as plenary sessions on the challenges of European security and defense, diplomacy, climate change, and other relevant subjects. As such, in addition to the presence of several invited scholars and practitioners the program also includes the presentation of communications by international researchers and practitioners in this area of knowledge.

Free entrance.

The full conference programme is available in the conference website.


[Free entry | Entrada Livre]

8 May 2019

Venue: Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa(UAL)

09h00 | Registration (Aud. 1)

09h30 | Opening Remarks (Aud. 1)

  • José Amado da Silva (Rector, UAL)
  • Luís Moita (Director, OBSERVARE-UAL)
  • Luís Nuno Rodrigues (Director, CEI-IUL)


10h00 | Roundtable: EU & the World (Aud. 1)

Moderator: Luís Nuno Rodrigues (CEI-IUL)

  • Constança Urbano de Sousa (Ratio Legis, OBSERVARE-UAL)
  • Félix Arteaga (Real Instituto Elcano)
  • Carlos Gaspar (IPRI-NOVA)
  • Ana Isabel Xavier (OBSERVARE-UAL, CEI-IUL)


11h30 – 11h45 | Coffee break


11h45 – 13h15 | Panels 1 & 2

 Panel 1: EU & Africa (Aud. 1)

Moderator: Pedro Seabra (CEI-IUL)


Panel 2: Europe, America & the International Order (Room 90)

Moderator: Bruno Cardoso Reis (CEI-IUL)


13h15 – 14h00 | Lunch break


14h30 – 16h00 | Panels 3 & 4

Panel 3: European Elections (Aud. 1)

Moderator: Ana Isabel Xavier (OBSERVARE-UAL, CEI-IUL)


Panel 4: EU Actorness (Room 90)

Moderator: Ana Mónica Fonseca (CEI-IUL)


16h00 – 16h30 | Coffee break

16h30 – 18h00 | Panels 5, 6, 7

Panel 5: EU & China (Aud. 1)

Moderator: (to be announced)


Panel 6: EU & the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Room 90)

Moderator: Brígida Brito (OBSERVARE-UAL)


Panel 7: EU & the Middle East (Room to be announced)

Moderator: Giulia Daniele (CEI-IUL)


18h30 | Book presentation (Aud. 1)

Constança Urbano de Sousa (Ed.), “The relevance of migration for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (OBSERVARE-UAL and Ratio Legis. Lisbon: UAL, 2019)


9 May 2019

Venue: Instituto Universitário de Lisboa(ISCTE-IUL)

10h30 | Roundtable with Portuguese Members of the European Parliament and candidates: 2019 European Parliament Elections (Aud. B2.03)

(session in Portuguese, live streamed through TSF Radio)

Opening remarks:

  • Helena Carreiras (Director, ESPP / ISCTE-IUL)
  • Luís Nuno Rodrigues (Director, CEI-IUL)
  • Luís Tomé (Scientific Coordinator, OBSERVARE-UAL)


Moderator: Ricardo Alexandre (TSF, CEI-IUL, OBSERVARE-UAL)

  • Pedro Marques (PS, S&D)
  • Paulo Rangel (PSD, EPP)
  • João Ferreira (CDU, GUE/NGL)
  • Nuno Melo (CDS, EPP)
  • Marisa Matias (BE, GUE/NGL)
  • António Marinho e Pinto (PDR, ALDE)


12h30 – 14h00 | Lunch break


14h00 – 15h45 | Panels 8, 9, 10

Panel 8: Brexit (Room C1.01)

Moderator: Luísa Godinho (OBSERVARE-UAL)


Panel 9: EU & Transnational Security Challenges (Room C2.05)

Moderator: Ricardo Sousa (OBSERVARE-UAL)


Panel 10: EU & the crisis in Venezuela – Roundtable (Room to be announced)

Moderator: Marcelo Moriconi (CEI-IUL)

  • Luis Fretes Carreras (CEI-IUL)
  • Nancy Gomes(OBSERVARE-UAL)
  • Andrés Malamud(ICS-UL)
  • Leiv Marsteintredet(University of Bergen)
  • Juan Francisco Contreras(Colegio de Internacionalistas de Venezuela)


15h45 – 16h00 | Coffee Break


16h00| EGA participants are invited to attend a conference by Mário Centeno (President of the Eurogroup) on ”Euro and the Future of Europe” (Aud. B104) (Conference in Portuguese)


18h00 | Roundtable: The European Union as a Global Actor (Room B2.03)

Moderator: Luís Tomé (OBSERVARE-UAL)

  • Isabel Camisão (FLUC)
  • Hussein Bagsi (Middle East Technical University)
  • Liliana Reis (UBI)
  • Bruno Cardoso Reis (CEI-IUL)


10 May 2019 – E(U)lections’19: Think, Decide, Change!

Venue: Instituto Universitário de Lisboa(ISCTE-IUL)

(Event in Portuguese; registration required until 7 May in this form).

 08h30 – 09h00 | Welcome reception & registration (Atrium 1stfloor, Building 2)


 09h00 – 10h00 | “The Tree of Europe – workshop” (Aud. B2.03)


 10h00 – 12h00 | Roundtable: Populism and democracy: what’s at stake? (Aud. B2.03)

 Moderator: Catarina Carvalho (DN)

  • Riccardo Marchi (CEI-IUL)
  • Marco Lisi (IPRI-NOVA)
  • Susana Salgado (ICS)
  • Cláudia Álvares (CIES-IUL)


12h00 – 12h30 | The citizens meet… (Aud. B2.03)

  •  Ana Paula Zacarias (Portuguese Secretary of State of European Affairs)


12h30 – 13h40 | Networking lunch buffet(Exhibition Room, 1stfloor, Building 2)


13h45 – 14h30 | Get together (Aud. B2.03)


 14h30 – 16h30 | “May the vote be with EU”: Workshop on the future of Europe [rooms C1.01, C2.05, C2.01, C2.02]


 16h30 – 17h00 | Debriefing, follow up & closing remarks (Aud. B.203)



The full conference programme is available in the conference website.

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CEI-Iscte (Centre for International Studies) is a university-based multidisciplinary research center at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL). CEI-Iscte aims at promoting interdisciplinary research in Social Sciences, International Relations and Economy, focusing in its areas of geographic specialisation: Africa, Asia, Europe, and Transatlantic Relations.

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