14 Oct 2022 - 09:00

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In recent decades, Guinea-Bissau has been identified as a fragile state in Africa, plagued by a generalized neo-patrimonialism with an outlook aggravated by the activity of criminal drug trafficking networks. We welcome research from different disciplinary perspectives and levels of analysis. Although grounded in political science, research from an economic, historical, geographic, social or other perspective is welcome. Furthermore, we are interested in including dynamics of (in)stability at the systemic/regional level, at the state level and at the sub-state or individual level. A special edition of JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations (SCOPUS Q4) will publish a selection of the works presented. The seminar will be held in Portuguese and English in a hybrid format at OBSERVARE/Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL) in Lisbon, Portugal, on October 14, 2022. Paper presentations can be made in person or online.


Provisory Program


10:15-10:45 – Opening session            

Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEU/UAL – Prof. Antonio de Lencastre Bernardo

UAL Rectory Advisor – Prof. Jose Guilherme Victorino

Director of OBSEVARE – Prof. Luís Tome

Project Manager – Prof. Ricardo Sousa

10:45-11:45 – Panel 1 – National Policy

Moderator: Jara Cuadrado (UAM)

Explaining Guinea-Bissau's fragility: neopatrimonialism without the development of a “gatekeeper” state aggravated by criminality.- Ricardo Sousa (UAL) and Jara Cuadrado (UAM)

In contrast to regime survival: Explaining instability through the analysis of political institutions under undemocratic regimes: The case of Guinea-Bissau 1994-2019 – Babiro Duro Djassi University of Makeni (UNIMAK) Sierra-Leone and Institute Polytechnic New Hope (Instituto Politécnico Nova Esperança (Ipnove), Guinea-Bissau)

The role played by political parties in the development of the democratic process in Guinea-Bissau: advances and setbacks – Wilson Pedro Té (IPRI-Nova)

The 2019 Legislative Election in Guinea-Bissau: Was Religion A Factor? – Rui Asano (Advanced Social Sciences, Waseda University)

11:45-12:45 – Panel 2 – Bilateral Actors         

Moderator: Ricardo Sousa (UAL)

The Angolan Strategy in the Stabilization of the Defense and Security Forces of Guinea-Bissau – João Baptista de Jovita (IRI-USP, Instituto Superior Politécnico Alvorecer da Juventude – ISPAJ / Angola) and Vasco Alberto Quitela Suamo (IPRI-UNL/FCSH)

The relations between the People's Republic of China and Guinea-Bissau in light of the current conditions on the African continent – Orazio Maria Gnerre (University of Perugia)

Cross-border conflicts: Cooperation mechanisms between Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea Bissau. The MFDC and the illegal exploitation of natural resources. – Maurice Dianab Samb (University of Alcalá)

12:45-14:00 – Lunch break

14:00-15:00 – Panel 3 – Multilateral Actors   

Moderator: Luís Valença Pinto (UAL)

The institutional conflict prevention doctrine in the West of Africa – Jara Cuadrado (UAM) and Ricardo Sousa (UAL)

Do the ECOWAS and African Union have double standards in conflict resolution? – Mashood Djalo (ISCTE)

Guinea-Bissau and external peacebuilding partners: enhancing ownership or replacing national capacities? – Gustavo Carvalho (SAIIA & University of Johannesburg)

The importance of “Governance” and obtaining funds from Multilateral Development Banks – Jorge António Batista de Sousa (ISCSP) Chamber of Commerce and Industry Portugal Guinea-Bissau

15:00-16:00 – Panel 4 – Representations and Geopolitics             

Moderator: Alexandra Magnolia Dias (NOVA FCSH)

The external representations of Guinea-Bissau: remembering the liberation struggle – Teresa Almeida Cravo (FEUC-CES)

The Guinea Bissau Liberation War, 1963-1974: Motherhood and Self Paradox in the Discourses of Women Fighters – Aliou Ly (Middle Tennessee State University)

Brittle Guinea-Bissau: A Quest for Political and Economic Stability – Paulo JM Dias Gonçalves (independent researcher) & Francisco José Leandro (City University of Macau)

The struggle for power in Guinea-Bissau and its geopolitical surroundings – Ávaro Nóbrega (ISCSP, University of Lisbon)

16:00-16:15 – Coffee break

16:15-17:15 – Panel 5 – Anthropological Approaches  

Moderator: Clara Carvalho (ISCTE-IUL)

Politics and infanticide ritual: a reading of political instability in Guinea-Bissau from political theory – Claudia Favarato (ISCSP)

For an introduction to Axé Aesthetics – Loque Arcanjo Junior (UFMG) and Robson Gomes de Brito (UFVJM-MG)

“We vote but nothing happens”: The political marginalization of Guinea-Bissau's communities under ecological pressure – Cláudia Santos, Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), University of Lisbon

The deciphering of what we are and are no longer in the “places of memory” staged in Somantic Memories of Abdulai Sila – Wellington Marcal Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (FALE/UFMG)

17:15-18:00 – Panel 6 – State Security and Human Security I 

Moderator: Fátima Proença (ACEP)

Guinea-Bissau's Security Challenges – Security or Instability? A prospective response based on a comparative analysis of the Guinean and Mozambican situation (Cabo Delgado) – Pedro Miguel Henriques Pereira Carvalho Gonçalves (ISCSP-IUL)

The impact of the militarization of Guinean politics on the construction and consolidation of its democracy. – Fernando Colonia (Federal University of Pernambuco)

Reform of the Armed Forces and Military Political Conflict in Guinea-Bissau – Nataniel Sanha

Education in Liberation Zones: The proposal of the “Circle of Culture” in Guinea-Bissau in 1974 – Antonia Lenilma Meneses de Andrade (UNESP)

18:00-18:45 – Panel 7 – State Security and Human Security II 

Moderator: Teresa Cravo (FEUC-CES)

What constitutional mechanisms for democratic and governmental stability in Guinea-Bissau? – Nando Paulo Suma (UNILAB, Federal University of Pernambuco)

Some theoretical dominants of A. Cabral's thought and the permanent instability in Guinea-Bissau – African Movement of Workers and Students

Results of the consultation carried out on social networks – Proposals for possible solutions to Guinea-Bissau’s problems, the “voice of the people”- Fernando Pedro Dias (“voice of the people”; “Nô Fala” Group)

Women's descriptive and substantive representation in Guinea-Bissau – Clara Carvalho (CEI-IUL)

18:45-19:00 – Closing – Ricardo Sousa (UAL) and Jara Cuadrado (UAM)


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