This open class, within the scope of the Curricular Unit of European Affairs, of the Degree in International Relations, intends to problematize four axes: 1) The World Order: concept, diversity and evolution; 2) The current World Order: historical context and challenges; 3) Xi Jiping's rise to power and Russia's dangerous decline; and 4) The Russia-Ukraine conflict in the face of rivalry between the incumbent and challenger powers.
This open class will be conducted by Mário Godinho de Matos, retired Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Graduated in Economics from ISEG (U. Lisboa) in 1974. In 1976 he joined the Diplomatic Career, having held functions, between 1980 and 2004, in the diplomatic representations of Portugal in Washington, Maputo, Beijing, Madrid and in the NATO Delegation in Brussels. From 1989 to 1991 he was a member of the Joint Luso-Chinese Liaison Group on the process of transitioning Macao to the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China. Between 1992 and 1995, he held the position of Director at the MNE, in Lisbon. From 2004 to 2017 he was successively Ambassador of Portugal in Havana, Maputo and Moscow. In 2017, he returns permanently to the MNE, in Lisbon, and chairs the International Commission on Luso-Spanish Watersheds and Boundaries until June 2020. In the academic area, he taught, at ISEG, the subject of “Economic and Social History” for five academic years ( 1976-1980 and 1994/95). He served as Guest Assistant Professor at the UC “Diplomatic Practice”, at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Universidade NOVA, from 2018 to 2020. As part of the collaboration between U.NOVA and Instituto Universitário Militar (IUM), in 2019 and 2020, the “Diplomacy” area in the “Globalization, Diplomacy and Security” graduate program. He collaborates regularly with the IUM in the Promotion Courses to General Officer. Investigator OBSERVARE in 2021.
Ambassador Mario Godinho de Matos
Department of International Relations