Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Stefan Wolff – The University of Birmingham
  • Professor Ana Isabel Xavier – Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
  • Professor Luis Tomé – Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
  • Professor Sandra Dias Fernandes – The University of Minho
  • Bruno Cardoso Reis – The Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
  • Professor Carlos Gaspar – The National Defense Institute (IDN)

Professor Stefan Wolff

Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, England, UK. A political scientist by background, he specialises in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and in post-conflict reconstruction in deeply divided and war-torn societies. He has extensive expertise in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, and has also worked on a wide range of other conflicts elsewhere, including the Middle East, Africa, and Central, South and Southeast Asia. Bridging the divide between academia and policy-making, he has been involved in various phases of conflict settlement processes, including in Kirkuk (Iraq), Transnistria and Gagauzia (Moldova), and Yemen.

Wolff’s publications to date include almost twenty books and over fifty journal articles and book chapters. His latest monograph is Ethnic Conflict: Causes, Consequences, Responses (Polity 2009, with Karl Cordell). Published by Oxford University Press in 2006 (paperback in 2007), Wolff’s Ethnic Conflict: A Global Perspective is the first major treatment of the subject aimed at a broad general audience and has been highly acclaimed by academics, policymakers, and business leaders. His Ethnopolitical Encyclopaedia of Europe (with Karl Cordell) was published by Palgrave as the first comprehensive analysis of ethnic politics across the European continent in 2004 and has won critical praise from scholars and analysts.

Among his other books are Conflict Management in Divided Societies: Theories and Practice (with Christalla Yakinthou, 2011), The European Neighbourhood Policy in Perspective (with Richard Whitman, 2010), The Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict(with Karl Cordell, 2011), Disputed Territories. The Transnational Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict Settlement (2002); The German Question since 1919 (2003); Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflicts (with Ulrich Schneckener, 2004); Peace at Last? The Impact of the Good Friday Agreement on Northern Ireland (with a foreword by Lord Alderdice; with J. Neuheiser, 2002), and Autonomy, Self-governance, and Conflict Resolution (with Marc Weller, 2005).

Wolff is the founding editor of Ethnopolitics, a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of ethnic conflicts and their management around the globe.

Wolff is a member of the Governing Council of the European Centre for Minority Issues and an International Associate at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-determination at Princeton University. He has held visiting professorships at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center, the University of Sofia, the University of Bucharest, the University of Skopje, the University of Belgrade, Humboldt University Berlin, Free University Berlin, and St. Petersburg State University. In 2006, Wolff served as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the UK Defence Academy.

He holds a BA degree from the University of Leipzig, a Masters Degree from Magdalene CollegeCambridge, and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ana Isabel Xavier is an Assistant Professor in UAL and ISCTE-IUL and a Research Fellow in Observare-UAL, CEI-IUL and at the Research Centre of the Security and Defence at the Portuguese Military University Institute. She is responsible, among others, for the courses of European Studies and Eurasia (Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, UAL) and Europe as a Global Actor (Master in International Studies, ISCTE-IUL).

She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, a Master degree in Sociology and holds a PhD in International Relations (European Studies), from the University of Coimbra with a dissertation entitled “The European Union and Human Security: a crisis management global player in search of a strategic culture?”.

She was a member of the Jacques Delors European Centre Team of Trainers and a European Commission’s Team Europe engaging, for several years, in training activities on European Studies, Human Rights, Non-Formal Education and Citizenship. Since 2016, Ana Isabel Xavier is also part of the pool of trainers of the European College of Security and Defence in the CSDP Training for Eastern Partnership Countries and CSDP Reflection Seminar.

From March 2015 to February 2017, served as Defence Policy Deputy Director in the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence. She was pro bono President of DECIDE (Youth Association of security, defence and citizenship auditors) and AACDN (Association of former auditors of the Defence National Courses).

Ana Isabel Xavier is frequently enrolled in the portuguese media on european and international politics: in the national public television, she is part of the international relations’ experts of a weekly programme called “Olhar o Mundo” (; she is also regularly invited by radio Antena 1, TSF, Rádio Renascença and a local radio broadcasting weekly programme called “European magazine” where she discusses european and international politics.

She was the head of the European Studies section of the Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP) since its creation in 2015 until early 2018 Her main research interests and publications include the European Union, Security and Defence, Human Security, Human Rights and Globalization. 

She is the leading coordinator of the project “E(U)LECTIONS’19: THINK, DECIDE, CHANGE!” (Ref: 601984-CITIZ-1-2018-1-PT-CITIZ-CIV), co-funded by the Europe for citizens programme of the European Union (2019-2020). She is also part of the organising and scientific committee of EGA – Europe as a Global Actor International Conference (2018 & 2019), organised by CEI-IUL. In 2017, she represented CEI-IUL in the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium – the European network of independent non-proliferation think tank.

Ana Isabel Xavier was selected to participate in the 8th Advanced Course for Political Advisors in EU Missions and Operations (February-June 2019), CSDP High level Conference for alumni of the CSDP Training Programmes from 2006 to 2016 hosted by EU and Austria (2017), ESDC/CSDP Orientation Course, European Security and Defence College (2016),  NATO Senior Defence Policy Course (2015), Summer School Programme, EUISS-College of Europe (2010), Specific Training seminar for the Europe Direct Information network – challenges of migration and social inclusion (2008), European Academy on Security Policy (2008) and 2007 Young Europeans EuroDefense Round Table. In 2014, she was Jean Monnet Visiting fellow at De Monfort University, Leicester, UK.

In 2015 she was awarded the Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In 2013 she was a Fullbright fellow of the SUSI Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking.

In 2016, Ana Isabel Xavier received the “Cruz del Mérito Aeronáutico con Distintibo Blanco” by the Government of Spain, granted on the “basis of merits, works, actions, acts or distinguished services carried out during the performance of missions or services ordinarily or extraordinarily entrusted to the Armed Forces or related to Defense”.

Professor Luis Tomé

Prof. Luis Tomé is Associate Professor at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL)-Department of International Relations, where he coordinates the PhD/Doctorate in International Relations: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics.

He has also been Visiting Professor at the Portuguese Military University Institute, the National Defense Institute (IDN) and the Higher Institute of Police Sciences and Internal Security (ISCPSI), as well abroad at La Sapienza-Universitá di Roma, Italy and the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara-Turkey.

Scientific Coordinator of OBSERVARE – Observatory of Foreign Affairs, a UAL’s research unit where Prof. Tomé also coordinates the research group War Peace and Security Studies. Deputy Director of the scientific, e-journal of international relations (Scopus, B-on, Dialnet, Latindex, DOAJ, EBSCO, Redalyc, ERIHPLUS) and of the Yearbook Janus.

From November 2015 to October 2017, Prof. Luis Tomé was Special Adviser for International Relations and Fighting Terrorism of the Portuguese Minister of Home Affairs.

Previously, he was also a visiting professor at the East Timor National Defense Institute (2014) and the University of Coimbra (2011-2012); a NATO Researcher for two years (author of the 2000 report “Russia and NATO’s Enlargement); and Advisor to the Vice-President of the European Parliament (1999 – 2004).

Prof. Tomé earned a Doctorate/PhD in International Relations from the Universidade de Coimbra, a Master in Strategy by Universidade de Lisboa, and a Graduation in International Relations by Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.

His main areas of research work and expertise are International Relations, Geopolitics and Security Studies, particularly in Euro-Atlantic, Asia-Pacific and Eurasia regions.

He is author and co-author of a dozen books and numerous articles and essays published.

Prof. Luis Tomé has been a regular speaker at high-level conferences and workshops in the country and abroad, and a regular commentator on security and international politics at the media.


Professor Sandra Dias Fernandes

Sandra Dias Fernandes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations and Public Administration (School of Economics and Management) in University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) and a full member of the Research Center of Political Science (CICP) at UMinho.  
She holds a PhD in Political Science, specialization in International Relations, by Sciences Po (Paris). She received the 2005 Jacques Delors Prize for her research on the European Union and Russia. She was Director of the BA and the MA in International Relations and Deputy Director of the Department of International Relations and Public Administration. She is President of the Section of International Relations of the Portuguese Association of Political Science (APCP). 
She collaborated with the Portuguese Embassy in Moscow during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU (2007), trained diplomats from the Persian Gulf countries in Riyadh (2009) and Portuguese diplomats (2016); integrated a diplomatic roundtable in Geneva (2010); appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to join the jury for diplomatic career access (2015). 
She was Auditor of the National Defense Course of the National Defense Institute (IDN), in 2003-2004. She has been a guest lecturer in postgraduate studies at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the University of Economics of Izmir (Turkey), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the Jagiellonian University (Poland) and the University of Lapland (Finland). From 2007 to 2009, she was a visiting research fellow at the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels
Sandra Dias Fernandes’ main interests of research include European Studies, Post-soviet Space, EU-Russia Relation, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Security and Multilateralism. She is one of the main Portuguese specialists on Europe-Russia political and security relations. 

Bruno Cardoso Reis

Bruno Cardoso Reis is currently Deputy Director of the Center for International Studies/Centro Estudos Internacionais, ISCTE-IUL. He was from 2011-2017 a research fellow at ICS-University of Lisboa. He has also worked as an external advisor at the National Defence Institute of the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (IDN). He holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, has an MA in Historical Studies from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Contemporary History from the University of Lisbon. Among his recent publications are:  Decentering the Cold War: Portuguese policy of Decolonization and Détente towards Angola and Mozambique (1974-1984), Journal of Cold War Studies [forthcoming summer 2019]; [with R. Egnell], Counterinsurgency in H. Meijer, M. Weiss (Eds.), The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces. (Oxford: Oxford U.P.); Brazil versus NATO? a long-term view of maritime security in the Atlantic. In Smith-Windsor, B. A. (Eds.), Enduring NATO, rising Brazil: managing international security in a recalibrating global order. (Rome: NATO Defense College/ Fundação Getúlio Vargas/ Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 2016); [with A. Mumford] (Eds.), The Theory and Practice of Irregular Warfare. (London: Routledge, 2013).

Professor Carlos Gaspar

Senior Researcher of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (IPRI-NOVA),  Associate Professor of International Relations, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Senior advisor at the Instituto de Defesa Nacional. Senior advisor to the Board of the Fundação Oriente. Member of the Editorial board, Relações Internacionais (R:I), Nação e Defesa. Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the Portuguese Association of Political Science (APSA). Recent publications include O Pós-Guerra Fria (Tinta-da-china, 2016); A balança da Europa (Aletheia, 2017);  Raymond Aron e a Guerra Fria (Aletheia, 2018).