Published Research Papers
Abstract: The 5G network is the latest generation of wireless technology, representing an upgrade in the digital revolution. Although it is supposed to bring tremendous benefits for both enterprises and consumers, it has started to be perceived as a critical infrastructure, becoming one of the most significant fields of competition among global powers. Hence, 5G should be seen in the context of a more geopolitical world order caused by the rise of China as a global technology leader. With a focus primarily on Europe and its 5G implementation process, this paper aims to understand the core stakes in the 5G debate.Show More
Abstract: At a time when China increasingly seems eager to become a hegemonic power through authoritarian means, this paper assesses whether EU’s unity and economic strength could be effective in limiting the corrosive effects of China’s sharp power in the preservation of a liberal world order. For this purpose, we first make a comparison between EU and China’s economies, namely through a comparative assessment of quantitative data regarding the components of trade and investment. Then, we explore how these economic links may also include a projection of sharp power by China, mostly visible through human rights violations, breaches of rule of law, unfair competition, the theft of technology secrets, as well as the risk of undermining the very own integrity of the European project.Show More
Abstract: The increasingly close relationship between China and Africa has been extensively discussed in the international media as well as within the academic sphere: African countries play a key role in China’s multi-billion project ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) because the continent represents an important market opportunity for China to expand businesses and increase exports; on the receiving end, African leaders have been eager to take advantage of loans and credit lines offered by Beijing in order to spur economic development at home. Even though the BRI is said to be an economic project envisioned by the Chinese government, it has often been regarded as a tool of foreign policy as Beijing has deployed it to establish and strengthen diplomatic ties with developing countries, thus reshaping the geopolitical order.Show More
(ENG) Abstract: This paper explores the current state of affairs within the Euro-Atlantic region, with particular emphasis in understanding the ongoing transformations of NATO and the effects of the Sino Russian meteoric rise to world powers status on the West. This paper aims to clarify the primary power shift mechanics and shed light upon the trend that disruptive emerging threats will follow in the next ten years. The dawn of the new decade hints towards several sectorial transformations of the political, economic and security dimensions. The accelerated technological innovations, regional economic crisis, rising authoritarian powers and world economic asymmetries, contribute today for the transformation of tomorrow’s world order. NATO, as the most enduring shield of western democracies, continue to face today an increasing challenge to adapt to rising threats.Show More
Abstract: The shifting world order and new technological innovations are in the crux of the ongoing revolution on security affairs, reflecting a set of new emerging challenges. Thus, to navigate the political and juridical pitfalls of state surveillance, democracies are challenged in finding the correct security balance within Open Societies. This paper is centered on the challenges raised by modern State surveillance and explores the post-Snowden age, the lessons learned from mass state surveillance programmes, how government surveillance undermines the democratic core principal liberties, while highlighting important legal changes – mechanism of oversight – setting the change in this field of study. Face-recognition technologies serve dually as an enabler of security and as a political disruptor of Open Societies.Show More
In International Politics, it is debated whether national and supranational development planning is regaining validity against the myth of the self-regulated market. Faced with the return of the state-centric approach, we place four geo-political scenarios: 1) corporate neoliberal globalization, where planning rhetoric remains weak and fragmented; 2) conservative nationalist anti-globalization, opposed to any state regulation of the market; 3) the Eurasian commitment to strengthen state regulatory capacities, and 4) a South-South geopolitics, still subordinate, with mixed experiences between development planning, market re-forms and incipient autonomous regional integration. We analyze whether the so-called Asian Consensus, particularly Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), influences ALYC through national-regional-global interconnectivity projects.Show More
In the Press
PRESSÕES AUTOCRÁTICAS EXTERNAS NO MUNDO ACADÉMICO OCIDENTAL (PRT)
Constança de Matos. Observador. (Apr 2021).
UE E CHINA: ENTRE A ECONOMIA E OS VALORES (PRT)
Luís Leal de Faria. Observador. (Mar 2021).
INTERFERÊNCIA AUTOCRÁTICA EXTERNA NO MUNDO ACADÉMICO OCIDENTAL: UM OLHAR MAIS PROFUNDO AO CASO DO REINO UNIDO (PRT)
Constança de Matos. Nova Cidadania nº72. (Dec 2020).
O DEBATE 5G: AS IMPLICAÇÕES GEOPOLÍTICAS E SECURITÁRIAS NA EUROPA (PRT)
Corina Lozovan. Nova Cidadania nº 72. (Dec 2020).
MOLDÁVIA, UM PAÍS ESQUECIDO (PRT)
Corina Lozovan. Público. (2020).
A ASCENSÃO DA CHINA E A SALVAGUARDA DO MUNDO LIVRE (PRT)
Luís Leal de Faria. Observador. (Nov 2020).