Estoril Political Forum

Estoril Political Forum 2019

27th International Meeting in Political Studies [Est. 1993]
Hotel Palácio, Estoril - June 24-26

"The Transatlantic Alliance: 75 years After D-Day, 70 Years After the Founding of NATO, 30 Years After Tiananmen, 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall”


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Opening Session
Opening Address by Isabel Capeloa Gil

Opening Address by Pedro Norton

Opening Address by Carlos Carreiras

Opening Address by João Carlos Espada

Opening Address by Rita Seabra Brito

Central and Eastern Europe: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall 
"Thirty Years of Transition" by Dóra Győrffy

"Thirty Years after 1989 Revolutions: Roles Reversed?" by Ghia Nodia

Adolfo Suarez Memorial Debate: Iberoamerican perceptions of the future world order
"The NATO and democracy seen from Spain" by Angel Rivero

Lusophone Africa: The Challenges Ahead
"Desafios de Moçambique Após os Ciclones IDAI e Kenneth" by Alfandega Majoro

"Desafios e Perspectivas Políticas Actuais em Angola" by Raúl Tati

Tribute to Professor Adriano Moreira
Tribute to Professor Adriano Moreira by Manuel Braga da Cruz

Oratio Sapientiae, Adriano Moreira

Security in Asia: The Challenges Ahead
"The Emerging Security Landscape in Southeast Asia" by Narayanan Ganesan

"The Security Architecture in East Asia" by Gen Kikkawa

The Future of NATO

"The Future of NATO" by HE Luís Almeida Sampaio

Breakout Session IEP Research Centre (CIEP)

"Pope John Paul II, the Fall of the Berlin Wall and Europe’s future" by Cristina Sá Carvalho

"Towards a Strategic EU-NATO Security Partnership in Africa" by Marco Marsili

"A urgência na adaptação a novos desafios num complexo contexto" by Nuno Amado

Faith and Liberty Lifetime Tribute
Award Presentation by Manuel Braga da Cruz

Speech by Award Recipient João Alberto Pinto Basto

IEP Portugal grants the 2019 “Faith And Liberty Lifetime Tribute” on a special feast day, by Alejandro Chafuen

Konrad Adenauer Memorial Dinner
Speech by Daniela Schlegel


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) 

Estoril Political Forum 2019

27th International Meeting in Political Studies [Est. 1993]
Hotel Palácio, Estoril - June 24-26

"The Transatlantic Alliance: 75 years After D-Day, 70 Years After the Founding of NATO, 30 Years After Tiananmen, 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall”

preliminary programme

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Estoril Political Forum 2018

26th International Meeting in Political Studies | Estoril Political Forum 2018
Hotel Palácio, Estoril - June 25-27

"Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Democracy"

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.

IEP and Estoril Political Forum in Forbes

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]


Brief Report

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Opening Session: In remembrance of Ambassador Frank Carlucci by Carlos Carreiras,  João Carlos Espada and Rita Seabra Brito

Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Democracy by Amichai Magen, Daniel Johnson and Ghia Nodia

The Dahrendorf Memorial lecture "Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Democracy", by William Galston ,  Anthony O'Hear and Marc Plattner

Raymond Aron Memorial Dinner "Recalling Raymond Aron and George Orwell", by Antoine Capet

"Brazil and Latin America" by Luiz Felipe Pondé and Paulo Roberto de Almeida

Luidgi Einaudi Memorial Luncheon "The Thirth Republic in Italy: the last season of an ungovernable democracy?" by Giandomenica Becchio

Adolfo Suarez Memorial Debate: Europe: Populism and Democracy in Europe by Angel Rivero

"Africa: The Rising Continent" by Alfândega ManjoroDomingos Simões Pereira and Raul Tati

After Dinner Conversation 'Isaiah Berlin and James Bond at the Estoril Palace Hotel', by Henry Hardy

George Washington Memorial Luncheon "Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Democracy: George Washington And The Jews", by Clifford Orwin

Faith and Liberty Lifetime Tribute to Fernando Magalhães Crespo by Manuel Braga da Cruz 

Konrad Adenauer Memorial Dinner by Wilhelm Hofmeister