Regional Dynamics of Security and Defense


1. Develop an in-depth knowledge of the security and defense dynamics in different regions of the World.
2. Obtain analytical and critical skills on these regional dynamics.
3. Obtain qualified tools to study security and defense and its specific dynamics at a regional level.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Teaching language




Buzan, B., Ole W., Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003
Collins, A., Contempory Security Studies, 2nd ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013
Correia, P.Pezarat, Manual de Geopolítica e Geoestratégia, II, Coimbra: Almedina, 2010
Lake, D., Patrick M.M. eds. Regional Orders: Security in the New World. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997
Lemke, D., Regions of War and Peace. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002
Nogueira, J.M. Freire, O Método Geopolítico Alargado: Persistências e Contingências em Portugal e no Mundo, Lisboa: IESM, 2011
Rodrigues, T. et al., Globalization and international security. An overview,NY: NOVA Publishers, 2014
Williams, Paul. Security Studies: An Introduction. London: Routledge, 2012
Wirtz, J., “A New Agenda for Security and Strategy?” in BAYLIS, J. et al., Strategy in the Contemporary World. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007: 337-355

Teaching method

Lecture by the teacher and other invited experts, directed discussion, and case study-based learning. Participation and oral presentation in class will evaluate the ability to reason, debate and expose with a weight of 25% in the final standings. The final written work (with no less than 3500 and no more than 5500 words), will evaluate the research and critical analysis capacity, and will have a weight of 75% in the final standings.

Evaluation method

Subject matter

1. Presentation of UC and info on evaluation system of curricular unit
2. Geopolitical and Geostrategic characterization of the world today
3. Regional Dynamics
Middle East
Maghreb and Sahel
Russia and Central Asia
South Asia (Afghanistan, India and Pakistan)
Asia and Pacific
North America (USA)
Arctic Southern
Latin America
4.Case studies: analysis of regional and sub-regional spaces. Future challenges


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