Previous Editions

2018 | 25 to 27 de June, Estoril, Palace Hotel 
26th International Meeting in Political Studies | Estoril Political Forum 2018

Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Democracy

IEP and Estoril Political Forum in Forbes

The 26th annual edition of the Estoril Political Forum, on 25-27 June  2008, focused on the relationship between the national sentiment and cosmopolitan views — a crucial question that has recently returned to the centre of political and academic debates. Refusing the unfortunate dichotomy between nationalism and internationalism, we have encouraged a civilised conversation between different views on patriotism and cosmopolitanism, as well as on the the contribution of both to modern democracies.

in association with: 
The International Forum for Democratic Studies [Washington D.C.];Europaeum [Oxford]; Jagiellonian University [Kraków], NATO [Brussels],Pázmany Péter Catholic University [Budapest], Real Instituto Elcano[Madrid],  Royal Institute of Philosophy [London]; The Abigail Adams Institute [Boston]; The Catholic University of Mozambique, Universidad Francisco Marroquin [Guatemala], EPD - European Partnership for Democracy [Brussels]; IRI - International Republican Institute [Brussels]; Forum 2000 Foundation [Prague]


​2017 | 26 to 28 de June, Estoril, Palace Hotel 
25th International Meeting in Political Studies | Estoril Political Forum 2017

Defending the Western Tradition of Liberty Under Law

In 2017, the Estoril Political Forum, which evolved from the International Meeting in Political Studies launched in the Arrábida Convent in 1993, will celebrate its 25th anniversary. This year will also mark the 20th anniversary of the Catholic University's Institute for Political Studies, whose founding in 1996/97 was inspired by the Arrábida meetings.

The title of this year's meeting, “Defending the Western Tradition of Liberty Under Law” expresses the commitment that has animated both the Forum and the Institute since their inception. As always, the meeting will bring together a broad range of political perspectives. It will seek to address new challenges while recalling the old lessons bequeathed to us by the "Western Tradition of Liberty Under Law.”

In association with: The International Forum for Democratic Studies [Washington D.C.]; Europaeum [Oxford]; Jagiellonian University [Kraków], NATO [Brussels], Pázmany Péter Catholic University [Budapest], Real Instituto Elcano [Madrid], Royal Institute of Philosophy [London]; The Abigail Adams Institute [Boston]; The Catholic University of Mozambique

Papers:

Opening Session: A Tribute to Mário Soares - Carlos Carreiras; João Carlos Espada and Rita Seabra Brito
The Weakening of the West? - Catherine Marshall; Daniel Johnson and Larry Diamond
The Challenge to Europe and the West - James W. Muller, Lord Plant of Highfield
Rediscovering Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) - Jeffrey Nelson and Karlis Bukovskis
Brazil: The Challenges Ahead - Paulo Roberto de Almeida and Bruno Garschagen
Tocqueville's Enduring Lessons of Liberty - Dominic Burbidge
The Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture "Troubling Times for Liberal Democracy" -  Marc Plattner’s Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture will be published in the October edition of the Journal of Democracy; José Miguel Sardica
Challenges to Liberty around the World - Yeo Lay Hwee
Faith and Liberty Lifetime Tribute - Isabel Capeloa Gil, Guilherme de Almeida e Brito e Father João Seabra


2016 | 27 to 29 June, Estoril,  Palace Hotel
24th International Meeting in Political Studies | Estoril Political Forum 2016

Democracy and its Enemies: New Threats, New Possibilities
In association with the International Forum for Democratic Studies, Washington, DC

The title of this year's meeting is reminiscent of the famous book by Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies, published in 1945. The book was an energetic defense of liberal democracy and Western civilization against its totalitarian enemies, both from the revolutionary left and the revolutionary right, communism and national-socialism.

This edition is inspired by the same commitment to liberal democracy and the West that inspired Popper's book more than 70 years ago. We will discuss and analyse the resurgence of authoritarianism around the world, following a persistent alert that is being issued by one of the main partners of the conference, the International Forum for Democratic Studies that publishes the distinguished quarterly Journal of Democracy. We will discuss and analyse how should the West and its multilateral institutions - first of all NATO and the European Union - respond to these new threats. And we will discuss also how these new threats and possibilities present themselves among the English-speaking, the Portuguese-speaking and the Spanish-speaking peoples. 

Papers:

Opening Session: A Tribute To Maria Barroso - Carlos Carreiras, Maria da Glória Garcia, João Carlos Espada and Rita Seabra Brito
The Authoritarian Resurgence - Christopher Walker, Lilia Shevtsova and Sarah Cook
Faith And Liberty Lifetime Tribute - Father Roque de Aguiar Cabral
Winston Churchill Memorial Dinner - João Carlos Espada
Estoril Institute for Global Dialogue - Jorge Braga de Macedo
Luigi Einaudi Memorial Luncheon - Alberto Mingardi
Jan Karski's Statue Inauguration - Tzipora Rimon
Jan Karski Memorial Dinner - HE Bronislaw Misztal and Krzysztof Szczerski
The US-UK Special Relationship: Indispensable Partners In Defending Democracy - Dominic Burbidge
Adolfo Suarez Memorial Debate | Democracy And Its Enemies: Contemporary Challenges - José Miguel Sardica and Mauricio Rojas
George Washington Memorial Lunch | Marc F. Plattner Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture | Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World - João Carlos Espada


2015 | 22 to 24 June, Estoril,  Palace Hotel 
23rd International Meeting in Political Studies | Estoril Political Forum 2015

800 Years After the Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Power

Papers:

Openning Session - Pedro Norton, João Carlos Espada and Rita Seabra Brito
Magna Carta Today - Anthony O'Hear
Round Table - Clifford Orwin, Danilo Petranovich
Raymond Aron Memorial Debate - Nicolas Vaicbourdt
The Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture - João Carlos Espada
After the Eastern Partnership Summit: Where are the Challenges? - Daniel Johnson
Luigi Einaudi Memorial Lunch "Freedom and Dynamism" - Sebastiano Bavetta
Jan Karski Momorial Event - Tzipora Rimon
200 Years After Waterloo - José Miguel Sardica
Faith and Liberty  Lifetime Tribute - Alejandro Chafuen; Manuel Braga da Cruz; Mário Pinto and Father Lino Maia
Brazil: Challenges of an Emerging Power - Frederico Hilzendeger and Rodrigo Tellechea
Africa: The Rising Continent - Manuel de Araújo
Asia:Prospects for Democracy - José Manuel Féliz Ribeiro ; Eugénio Viassa Monteiro
George Washington Memorial Lunch "25th Anniverrsary of the Journal of Democracy" - Marc F. Plattner


2014 |22 to 24 June, Estoril,  Palace Hotel
22nd International Meeting in Political Studies | Estoril Political Forum 2014

Reconsidering the Third Wave of Democratization: Forty Years After the Portuguese Revolution (1974); Twenty-five Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989)

Papers: Maria da Glória Garcia Welcome Address / João Carlos Espada Welcome Address / Rita Seabra Brito Welcome Address / Adam Rotfeld Anthony O'Hear / Carlos Carreiras / Catherine Marshall / Constantin Ostermann von Roth / Francisco Pinto Balsemão / Fernando Ulrich Kálmán Pócza / Marc F. Platnner / Nuno Vieira Matias / Ricardo Heller / Robert Sherman Zdzislaw Mach

Faith and Liberty Lifetime Tribute
Maria da Glória Garcia / Alejandro Chafuen / Manuel Braga da Cruz / Alexandre Soares dos Santos


​24 to 26 June 2012, Estoril, Palace Hotel 
21st Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos | Estoril Political Forum 2013

Governance, Leadership and Democracy

Papers: Allen Packwood / Anthony O'Hear / Carlos Carreiras / Gordon Wood / João Carlos Espada / João Ferreira do Amaral / John O'Sullivan / Manuel Braga da Cruz /  Marc Plattner / Michael Pinto-Duschinsky / Pedro Norton Viriato Soromenho Marques / Viriato Soromenho Marques (Power Point)  


The following were the IEP summer course themes (some of which have since been published in book form) in recent years:

25 to 27 June 2012, Estoril, Palace Hotel
20th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos | Estoril Political Forum 2012
Open Societies, Open Economies and Citizenship


27 to 29 June 2011, Estoril, Palace Hotel
19th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos | Estoril Political Forum 2011
The Future of the Free World


24 to 26 June 2010, Estoril, Palace Hotel
18th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
Political Dimensions of the Economic Crisis: The Future of the Market Economy and Democracy



25 to 27 June 2009, Estoril, Palace Hotel
17th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
NATO 1949-2009: The Future of the Free World


26 to 28 June 2008, Estoril, Palace Hotel
16th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
Human Rights Today: 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

27 to 30 July 2007, Estoril, Palace Hotel
15th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
The Treaty of Rome at 50: The Future of Europe

 

28 de Junho a 1 de Julho de 2006, Estoril, Palace Hotel
14th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
Democracy and the Nation State in a Global World


29 June to 02 July 2005, Estoril
13th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
The Trans-Atlantic Relationship in a Global World


07 July to 10 de July 2004, Cascais
12th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
Ideas of Europe and the Trans-Atlantic Relationship


30 June to 05 July 2003, Cascais
11th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
New Challenges to Liberal Democracy in a Global World


03 to 05 de November 2002, Cascais
10th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
Culture Wars in the West


11 to 14 November 2001, Cascais
9th Encontro Internacional de Estudos Políticos
Civic Life in Market Societies 


16 to 20 October 2000, Sintra
8th Encontro Internacional de Teoria e Ciência Política
Left and Right: Ideological Divides in the 21st Century


04 to 08 de October 1999, Arrábida
7th Curso em Teoria Política e Ciência Política
Pluralism and without Relativism: remembering Sir Isaiah Berlin


05 to 09 October 1998, Arrábida
6th Curso em Teoria Política e Ciência Política
Liberalism, Old and New


06 to 10 October 1997, Arrábida
5th Curso em Teoria Política e Ciência Política
Modernity and Its Critics


30 September to 04 October 1996, Arrábida
4th Curso em Teoria Política e Ciência Política
Liberty, Virtue and Self-Interest


09 to 13 October 1995, Arrábida
3rd Curso em Teoria Política e Ciência Política
Citizenship and Civil Society


03 to 07 October 1994, Arrábida
2nd Curso em Teoria Política e Ciência Política
Theories of Justice: Liberty, Equality, Opportunity


18 to 21 October 1993, Arrábida
1st Curso em Teoria Política e Ciência Política
Liberalism or Communitarianism