Coordinator: Luís Nuno Rodrigues

The thematic line “Europe and Transatlantic Relations” is structured around four major thematic clusters that rely upon the past research experience of its members and also project the future research interests of a younger group of researchers. These four clusters will intersect with the three major thematic lines of the Center for International Studies: Institutions, Governance and International Relations, Societal and Development Challenges, and Economy and Globalization.

The first cluster deals with the role of the European Union as a global actor. Around this topic, members of the CEI will develop a line of research that will analyze the past of European integration and reflect on the political, social and economic role of the European Union in the 21st Century.

The second major theme is called Transatlantic Relations in a Globalized World. Researchers within this sub-field will pay attention not only to the transatlantic partnership between the United States and the European Union (and its roots during the Cold War period), but also to the strategic partnership between Europe and Latin America and the Caribean (LAC), launched since 1999.

The third cluster pays specific attention to American foreign policy and to United States international relations since 1945, covering the Cold War period, its immediate aftermath, and the foreign policy of the United States after 9/11 in several parts of the world, in close connection with other research groups of the Center for International Studies

Finally, the fourth cluster deals with War, Peace and international security challenges. Researchers will develop a multidisciplinary approach to the relevant dimensions of contemporary military conflicts in which Europe and the Transatlantic World have been involved.