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Tejo Series Conference 2014 - Angola, Portugal and the EU 21/03/2014 Angola, Portugal and the EU: Current Relations and Potential Future Implications

This conference took place in Lisbon on March 21, 2014 in cooperation with Lusiada university.

This Tejo Conference explored the strategic relationship between Angola, Portugal and the European Union (EU), IPLI was pleased to once again work with its partner: Lusíada Center for Research in International Politics and Security (CLIPIS) at Universidade Lusíada in Lisbon.
IPLI’s participation in this initiative marked a broadening beyond the traditional scope of IPLI’s research area which until recently was situated almost entirely within the zone of the EU and Euro-Mediterranean region. IPLI elected to expand its geographic area of study in recognition of the need to more closely examine the increasingly complex links between nation-states and the consequences that their policies can have on one another irrespective of the physical distances between them. It is within this framework that  IPLI agreed to work with CLIPIS to analyze the importance of the growing tripartite relationship between Angola, Portugal and the EU. This conference successfully served as a platform that enabled policy makers, researchers, academics and students to come together to discuss issues of global significance.

IPLI assesses that it is of paramount importance to sensitize future policy makers to the importance of examining and understanding the effects that public policies in one country can have in another distant country or bloc of nations. As part of IPLI’s commitment to “unite the policy makers of today and tomorrow,” in advance of this conference, IPLI organized an international essay competition for students at its partner universities in France at l’Institut d’études politiques in Paris and in Lille. The winners of this essay competition were selected to participate at the conference and were privileged to meet up close with a myriad of policy makers and researchers who participated at the event. This meeting provided them with a rich opportunity to debate and discuss the implications of the important issues that were raised during the conference.
In addition to enabling the attendance of a delegation of international students at the event, IPLI was pleased to jointly confer the first IPLI-CLIPIS academic
award to a Universidade Lusíada student who participated at the event. This student was selected by the jury prize committee for having written the best
paper on the conference topic. This conference served as a significant and unique contribution to the growing international policy discussions surrounding the evolution of the relationship between Angola, Portugal and the EU.

This conference took place in Lisbon on March 21, 2014 in cooperation with Lusiada university.

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