Academic Qualifications

Doutoramento em Relações Internacionais, 2011 – Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra.

Pós-Graduação em Direitos Humanos e Democratização, 2006 – Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra

Mestrado em Sociologia, 2005 – Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra

Licenciatura em Relações Internacionais, 2003 – Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra

Biographical Information

Ana Isabel Xavier is a Research Associate in the Center of International Studies (CEI-IUL) and also collaborates with the Research Centre of the Security and Defence at the Portuguese Military University Institute. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, a Master degree in Sociology and holds a PhD in International Relations (European Studies), from the University of Coimbra with a dissertation entitled “The European Union and Human Security: a crisis management global player in search of a strategic culture?”. Since 2016, Ana Isabel Xavier is also part of the pool of trainers of the European College of Security and Defence in the CSDP Training for Eastern Partnership Countries and CSDP Reflection Seminar.
From March 2015 to February 2017, she served as Defence Policy Deputy Director in the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence. She was pro bono President of DECIDE (Youth Association of security, defence and citizenship auditors) and AACDN (Association of former auditors of the Defence National Courses).
Ana Isabel Xavier is frequently enrolled in the portuguese media to comment on european and international politics: in the national public television, she is part of the international relations’ experts of a weekly programme called “Olhar o Mundo” (; she is also regularly invited by radio Antena 1 and TSF and a local radio broadcasting weekly programme called “European magazine” where she discusses european and international politics.
She is the head of the European Studies section of the Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP). Her main research interests and publications include the European Union, Security and Defence, Human Security, Human Rights and Globalization.
In 2015 she was awarded with the Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In 2013 she was a Fullbright fellow of the SUSI Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking.

Key Publications

Xavier, Ana Isabel (2013), “The EU‘s Battlegroup in perspective: addressing present challenges for future deployments”, Fokus 7/2013, AIES – Austria Institut fur Europa

Xavier, Ana Isabel (2013), “A Human Security Strategy for Europe: Left over’s and prospects 10 years after”, Studia Diplomatica the Brussels journal of international relations, Issue No. 2 of Vol. 66. EGMONT – Royal Institute for International Relations

Xavier, Ana Isabel (2013), “A design for a European Human Security Strategy – the EU must give a signal to the world”, The European Security and Defence Union, Independent Review on European Security and Defence (Winner of the European Award 2011 for Citizenship, Security and Defence), Volume no 17 (ISSN 2192-6921), pp. 17-19.

Xavier, Ana Isabel (2013), “O(s) dilema(s) da(s) minoria(s) na Europa” in Janus 2013 – As Incertezas da Europa. Lisboa: Observare – Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. Pp. 2-3.

Xavier, Ana Isabel (2013), “Os Direitos Fundamentais no ‘diálogo europeu’: de Nice a Lisboa”, Debater a Europa, 9. Aveiro: CIEDA e CEIS20

Xavier, Ana Isabel (2013), “O ator normativo na era do Nobel: quo vadis EU?”, JANUS-NET E-Journal of International Relations, Vol. 4, n.º 1 (Maio-Outubro 2013), pp. 49-63

Xavier, Ana Isabel (2012), “A União Europeia e a prevenção e a resolução de conflitos em África – a Segurança Humana em missão?” in A prevenção e a resolução de conflitos em África, Coleção Atena. Lisboa: Instituto da Defesa Nacional, pp. 25-48