Estoril Political Forum 2021

29th International Meeting in Political Studies [Est. 1993]
October 18-20

"On the 80th Anniversary of the Atlantic Charter: Structuring a New Alliance of Democracies"




Session's platform

O Instituto de Estudos Políticos da Universidade Católica Portuguesa informa que, por imprevistos motivos de saúde do premiado, Professor Jorge Miranda, teremos de adiar a sessão de entrega do Prémio Fé e Liberdade prevista para amanhã, quarta-feira 20 de Outubro, pelas 18h15, no âmbito do Estoril Political Forum.
Oportunamente informaremos a nova data para a entrega do Prémio.

Papers/speeches available:

Opening Address by Isabel Capeloa Gil

Opening Address by João Carlos Espada

Remarks by James W. Muller

Desafios Políticos Actuais em Angola: Hegemonia Partidária VS Alternância do Poder by Raul Tati

Os Desafios da Democracia: O Caso de Cabo Verde by Daniel Medina

The Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture by William Galston

Brasil e América Latina: O Desafio Democrático by António Roberto Batista

Russia and the West by Dóra Győrffy

We will always be a market by Ricardo Sondermann

A Churchillian Evening by Ricardo Sondermann

China and International Order by John Owen

China, the West, and the rest in the eerily reminiscent "New Era" by Martin Hala

Remarks - From Idea to Reality: The Struggle to Build the National Endowment of Democracy by Kristin M. Kane

Adolfo Suárez Memorial Debate: Preparing for a post-Covid world: the view from Iberia and Latin America by José Miguel Sardica

Edmund Burke and the Dream of Cicero by Ian Crowe

The Future of a Rules Based International Order by Martin Ney

Charles de Gaulle Memorial luncheon: “Benjamin Constant and the spirit of Liberty” by Catherine Marshall


Ever since 1993, the Annual International Political Studies Meetings (Estoril Political Forum) have brought together academics, students, politicians, business leaders, opinion makers and journalists in an open debate on the issues surrounding politics and international relations.

This international forum is recognised as a program of excellence endowing students and other participants the opportunity to learn and engage with some of the most renowned specialists in the field while simultaneously building up a broad reaching network of international contacts. 

The Estoril Political Forum is considered unique within the Portuguese scenario and has already established its position as a landmark in international terms, especially in Anglo-American circles. The Forum is associated with the summer program run by the Boston College, University of Colorado at Boulder, the College of Europe (Natolin/ Warsaw), EUROPAEUM (a consortium of the ten longest established European universities, headquartered in Oxford), Jagiellonian University (Krakow), King’s College (London) and the Royal Institute of Philosophy (London).

This international debating forum is designed for all IEP undergraduate, master and doctoral degree students (under the credit regime) and all other entities and individuals interested in the themes key to Political Science and International Relations.

Throughout the intervening years, the IEP summer courses have attracted over a 6800 participants and speakers.

"These International Meetings, as well as the Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal which has hosted them, have been the product of a gradual evolution. They were not made, they have grown, as F.A. Hayek would certainly say. They are the product of an interaction, or a conversation, as Michael Oakeshott would have put it, through which we have been able to build an institution that is larger and more complex than any single mind could have conceived, not to mention, designed.

It all started back in 1993, at the lovely Monastery of Arrabida, and we were then no more than 20 people. From there we have grown gradually. Throughout these last 20 years, a group of international friends has gradually joined our Annual Meetings in Political Studies, while also teaching intensive courses at our Institute."

Prof. João Carlos Espada
Opening Address of XX Estoril Political Forum (June 2012)