Maritime Security


We shall direct the second cycle students toward solid and well rooted critical and theoretical reflections on processes of construction/crystallisation of security architectures in human communities, security here being understood latu senso.The Curricular Unit specifically aims at making them capable of doing so by taking as a focal point the question of the relationship of specific political communities with the sea, and of the national regional, international, and global maritime security issues that may flow in and from those domains. Second cycle students to learn how to problematize the role of maritime security in its widest sense as a simultaneously constitutive and constructed dimension of national, regional and global political communities. For that purpose, masters students shall be made to handle data and analyses of diverse maritime spaces and different synchronic and diachronic moments of those processes of construction of building of security architectures and mechanisms, namely in the great Atlantic Basin, around the Mediterranean one (including the Black Sea and those of Azov and the Caspian), in those of the Caribbean Sea, and the Artic (including the Barents Sea) and Antarctic Seas; security challenges and identities constructed within the framework of the Indian and the western Pacific rims will also be touched upon as a useful analytical counterpoint. The knowledge, skills, and competences to be acquired pertain mainly to currents matters and issues, and will mostly be analyzed within the wider frameworks in which they are embedded.

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Weekly - 2

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(ed.) RICHARDSON, John, MARQUES GUEDES, Armando, et al. (2013), The Fractured Ocean. Current Challenges to Maritime Policy in the Wider Atlantic, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.


ISBELL, Paul (2012). Energy and the Atlantic: Mapping the Shifting Energy Landscape of the Atlantic Basin, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.


KARAGANOV, Sergey (2012), Toward the Great Ocean, or The New Globalisation of Russia, Valdai Discussion Club, Moscow.


LESSER, Ian O. (2010), "Southern Atlanticism: Geopolitics and Strategy for the Other Half of the Atlantic Rim", Brussels Forum paper series, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.

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MARQUES GUEDES, Armando (2018), "Valor estratégico e económico dos cabos submarinos", in Jornal da Economia do Mar, 19 no. especial de aniversário, pp. 9-12, Lisboa.

________(2017), "Em rede. Os cabos de fibras ópticas submarinas e a centralidade portuguesa crescent num autêntico mar de conectividades", Revista de Marinha, no. 1000,, pp. 20-27, Lisboa.,


__________(2015), "Liaisons dangereuses: reading and riding the winds of security risks in the Atlantic south", in (ed.) Dan Hamilton, Dark Network in the Atlantic Basin. Emerging Trends and Implications for Human Security: chapter X, SAIS (School for Advanced International Studies), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.


________(2014) "Le Droit de Mer et les côtes et les rimlands de l'Europe du sud-ouest et de l'Afrique du nord-ouest: quelques insuffisances du cadre juridique face aux enjeux géopolitiques présents", in Revista Direito e Segurança, ano II, no. 3, pp. 37-53, Instituto de Direito e Segurança, Lisboa.


__________(2012), "Geopolitical shifts in the Wider Atlantic past, present and future", in (org.) John Richardson et al., The Fractured Ocean. Report on current changes on Maritime Policy in the Wider Atlantic: 11-59, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington DC,

_________(2012) "From deregulation to recentering in the South Atlantic and the construction of "lusofonia"",, vol. 3 no.1: pp. 1-36, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa,


STARAVIDIS, Admiral James (2017), Sea Power. The history and geopolitics of the world's oceans, Penguin Press, New York.

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Teaching method

The programme is narrative. It has a three-part introduction, which follows the logic of the programme title: MARITIME SAFETY. Its teaching methodologies, as befits the DNA of the faculty, are interactive theoretical-practical classes that involve student participation. In some cases, students may decide to make presentations on the topic of the session, in which case the interaction becomes thicker and multicentric.

Evaluation method

Final work or examination

Subject matter

The teaching of the general theoretical section, which focuses on the problematics of identity, territoriality, and mostly on maritimity, insofar as the definition of political communities is concerned, will allow students to acquire a general conceptual framework that will allow them to begin a critical and theoretical reflection on the construction of human communities and of their identity, by taking as a core the sea and maritime identities. Various concrete examples will be here as focal points, not only in the Atlantic and Mediterranean basins, but also in the Caribbean sea, the Indic and the western Pacific rim. The special section takes the Portuguese and Lusophone cases as its core.. Finally, the applied section, by looking at the different constitutional and imperial cycles in national history, and that will fully enable students to think maritimity while having as their terms of reference the Portuguese and Lusophone political communities and their historical processes