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Alvaro Vasconcelos

Alvaro Vasconcelos is an Associate Senior Researcher at ARI, and lead author of ARI’s report on constitutional reform. He is also the Steering Committee Coordinator of the Global Governance Group (GG10).  From 2007 to 2012, he was Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris.  He co-founded the Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais (IEEI) in Lisbon in 1981 and was its director until 2007.

He has written and edited numerous books, articles and reports on foreign policy, common security policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations and the new world order. He recently edited and contributed to two major reports on global issues: Global Trends 2030 - Citizens in an interconnected and polycentric world as part of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) and The Challenges of Inclusive Multilateralism, the 2013 report of the GG10.  His most recent books, Listening to Unfamiliar Voices - The Arab Democratic Wave (2012)  and La vague démocratique arabe: L’Europe et la question islamiste (2014)  address the challenge of responding to the ongoing transitions in the Arab world. Álvaro contributes regularly to newspapers, radio and television, both in Portugal and across Europe. His Project Syndicate columns are published simultaneously in many languages worldwide.  His most recent article, Recognize Hamas as a valid interlocutor, was published in Lebanon's Daily Star in July 2014.

Álvaro is a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor (France) and Comendador do Ordem do Rio Branco (Brazil).He is currently a Visiting Professor with the Instituto de Relações Internacionais da Universidade de São Paulo (IRIUSP)

Writer's Publications

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Europe’s Border: Local Power and Democratic Consolidation in Tunisia
The Arab Reform Initiative and the Collège Méditerranéen pour la Recherche Scientifique organized a two-day conference in Tunis on 30 and 31 May 2016 to present European experiences of municipal development during periods of...
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Scenarios for a Peace Mission for Syria
Scenarios for a Peace Mission for Syria
This report analyses scenarios for a possible peacekeeping mission in Syria, making recommendations for the attention of the UN and the European Union.
 
The report’s author, Álvaro Vasconcelos, developed the report...
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Constitutional Reform in Times of Transition
Constitutional Reform in Times of Transition

This e-book from the Arab Reform Initiative features ten essays addressing the challenges of constitutional reform during times of political transition. Featuring insightful analysis of Arab and non-Arab transitions, the essays address...

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Getting Egypt Right: Policy Challenges for the EU and the US
Getting Egypt Right: Policy Challenges for the EU and the US

The May 26 presidential election in Egypt represents very different things to different domestic political groups, depending on the number of their party members currently in prison. The election also represents yet another challenge...

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 ALGERIA PROTEST
Avoiding Algeria in Egypt

The military coup that has overthrown Egypt’s first democratically elected president and led to the arrests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders across the country poses an enormous danger not only for Egypt’s democratic transition, but for...