Autonoma received today, March 21, Professor and Former Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Paulo Portas, speaker at the conference GEOPOLITICAL AND GEOECONOMIC TRENDS OF A CHANGING WORLD promoted as part of a cycle of open classes by Professor António Duarte Santos. The intervention contextualized the students and teachers present in the auditorium for the problems and challenges of a changing world and at war.

Professor António Duarte Santos contextualized the current challenges of a changing world:

“Geoeconomics revolves around attempts to understand how geopolitical strategies relate to globalizing mercantilism, of goods and services, through the economic reconstruction of territory and the market, including imperatives and cross-border geographic imaginations of globalization. The result is a confusing constellation of concepts, which raise big questions about how economic effects and international relations shape one another. The geography of economic and financial transactions simultaneously makes and mediates these interrelationships. It is useful to navigate through theoretical confusions in the relationship between geopolitics and geoeconomics in terms of dialectics and empirical evidence. Geoeconomics can be used by geopolitics to reach an agreement between the development of regionalism and the associated transnational effects, that is, transnational governance, sometimes unavoidable in a context of degrees of freedom that allow commercial relations. Geoeconomics is therefore argued to describe the localized changes in governance imperatives implied in a series of fairly everyday economic challenges. The conference covered an examination of strategies located in a myriad of regions, in a context of globalized economic interdependencies, which affect us all and which adapt our collective future, which is desired to be sustainable, in complementarity with the environment.” Professor Duarte Santos also mentioned that “it will be through inter-regional and intercontinental agreements, between the State, which governs the territory, and the Market, which is based on freedom of choice, that a point of balance will be reached, with compromises on both sides, for the prevention of warlike conflicts.”