The Department of International Relations is a crucial part of UAL’s institutional project. Three key points are emphasized here: advanced training, research and internationalization.
The creation of the Bachelor Degree in International Relations goes back to 1989 and is part of a wider strategy to develop this area of inquiry through research and graduate and postgraduate training, and through the reaching of wider audiences via both academic and cultural activities.
The Observatory of Foreign Relations study centre was created in 1996, responsible for conducting several studies, the publication of specialized papers and for the edition of the yearbook JANUS since 1997, which has become a prominent publication in Portugal. In 2010 the Observatory became a research unit with the shortened international name OBSERVARE and launched a new peer-reviewed bilingual (Portuguese and English) open access scientific journal named JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations, available online. It is currently indexed in various international networks of scientific journals (SCOPUS, EBSCO, LATINDEX, DIALNET, DOAJ).
The three International Conferences promoted by OBSERVARE in 2011, 2014 and 2017 are important events in this field of studies in Portugal.
Throughout the years, several post-graduation programs were organized on international matters, such as on International Journalism, on International Business, African Geopolitics or Peace and War Studies. In 2002, the latter program led to the creation of the Master in Peace and War Studies in New International Relations. In 2013, a new Master Program was created and accredited – the Master in International Relations.
Since 2015, we also offer a PhD in International Relations: Geopolitics and Geo-economics, which aims to provide advanced high-level training.
The Department has also organized courses designed to prepare applicants to the diplomatic career to successfully pass access exams; we have also often organized round tables with experts, colloquiums with foreign speakers, and short courses for wider audiences. Many of our lecturers and researchers have participated in several scientific meetings abroad. Noteworthy is the fact that we have created four Chairs (two per semester) lectured by foreign visiting professors.
To coordinate all this research and teaching activity, the International Relations Department at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa has a highly qualified academic staff, which includes a team of lecturers holding a PhD and a group of invited experts.
Instituto de Estudos Superiores Militares – Since 2007/2008, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, via the International Relations Department, has a protocol with IESM – Instituto de Estudos Superiores Militares (Higher Institute of Military Studies). This protocol, still in force, allows UAL to conduct the lectures within the Master in Peace and War Studies at the referred institution, as part of the Curso de Estado Maior Conjunto, a program for high rank officers of the three branches of the Armed Forces.
In 2010/2011, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, via the International Relations Department, signed a protocol with Instituto de Defesa Nacional (The Institute for National Defence). The main objective of this protocol is to develop and further relations between the two institutions in the scope of scientific cooperation and research in national security and defence.