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The Estoril Political Forum, 27-29 June 2022 (Portugal)

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Students at Estoril

The Estoril Political Forum – ‘Confronting the Authoritarian Challenge’

27-29 June 2022 | Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal

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Is this for you?

Are you fascinated by politics and enthusiastic about arguing your case lucidly and convincingly in public? The Europaeum is offering funding for a select few students to attend this international event and participate in the Europaeum Debate.
Applicants must be postgraduates (studying towards a master’s or PhD) and must be attending a university that is a member of the Europaeum network.

What is The Estoril Political Forum?

2022 marks the 30th anniversary of this annual international meeting in political studies, organised by the Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon. It brings together leading policy-makers and academics from the US, UK, Portugal and the rest of Europe.

Here are just some of the speakers you will hear in 2022:

  • Carl Gershman (founding President of The National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC, 1983-2021);
  • José Manuel Barroso (former Prime Minister of Portugal; former President of the European Commission; Director, IEP-UCP Centre for European Studies, Lisbon);
  • Giandomenica Becchio (Professor of history of economic thought, methodology of economics, gender issues and theory of entrepreneurship at the University of Torino’s ESOMAS Department, Italy); and
  • William A Galston (Ezra K Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow at the Governance Studies Program of the Brookings Institution; Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to US President Bill Clinton 1993-1995).

As usual, the Europaeum will host the ‘Europaeum Special Debate’. This is a public event in the style of an Oxford Union debate. It is led by four Europaeum graduate students, each speaking for or against the given proposition, with expert commentators at hand. The event concludes with an open vote on the proposition. The motion to be debated will be: “The Russia/China partnership – Will it Weaken or Grow Stronger?

How to apply

Please read the full details in the Guidance for Applicants page before applying. You will need to submit the following documents – all in English – to by the extended deadline of 11 May 2022.

  • a completed Application Form
  • a CV
  • a Statement of Purpose. This should give details of your academic interests and what you would expect to gain from attending this event, plus a brief elaboration on your thoughts about and how you would debate on this year’s question: ‘The Russia/China partnership – Will it Weaken or Grow Stronger?
  • a Reference from your supervisor or academic advisor

The Guidance for Applicants page should answer most queries. If not, Michael at will be happy to help.