14 Oct 2022 - 09:00

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.


Interim Program


9:00 am to 9:30 am – Opening session            

Rector of UAL – Prof. José Amado da Silva – TBC

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

President of Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language – Ambassador José Ribeiro de Almeida – TBC

Director of OBSEVARE – Prof. Luís Tome

Project Manager – Prof. Ricardo Sousa

9:30-10:15 – Opening session

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal – João Gomes Cravinho – TBC

Ambassador of Guinea-Bissau to Portugal – Hélder Vaz Lopes

10:15-10:45 – Coffee break

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

Moderator: Jara Cuadrado (UAM)

The driving forces of the conflict and instability in Guinea-Bissau between 1998 2018 – 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 National Elections in Guinea-Bissau from Data: What Made Embalo Win? – Rui Asano (Advanced Social Sciences, Waseda University)

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

Moderator: Ricardo Sousa (UAL)

Lusophone brothers in the South Atlantic? Brazil and the (in)stability in Guinea-Bissau – Bio-Danilo Marcondes (Brazilian War College)

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) – TBC

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 

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)

The Geopolitics Idiosyncrasies of Guinea-Bissau: Groping Future Pathways – Paulo JM Dias Gonçalves (City University of Macau) & Francisco José Leandro (independent researcher)

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) – TBC

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

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 – TBC

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) – TBC

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

The thought of Amílcar Cabral – 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)

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


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