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Vol. 39, N° 2, 2017

About the authors

Ana Carolina Delgado is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Latin American Integration (Unila), Brazil. She holds a PhD and an MA in International Relations from Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio), where she completed a dissertation on decolonisation in Bolivia and a thesis on the globalisation of the rubber tappers’ movement in Acre. She previously worked as a research assistant at the BRICS Policy Centre, and an assistant co-ordinator at the South American Political Observatory (OPSA). She has published articles on social movements, foreign policy and regional integration in Latin America. Her current research addresses the political implications of extractivism in the Andean region and its connection with internal colonialism.

André Panno Beirão holds a PhD in International Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), an MA in Political Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and an MA in Naval Sciences from the Brazilian Naval War College (BNWC), Brazil. He is Brazilian Navy Capitan (Rtd), and Senior Researcher at the Brazilian Navy Political and Strategic Studies Centre and Pro-Defesa III (Brazil and Atlantic South Security). He won the Prize of the Brazilian Ministry of Defence for the best PhD thesis about National Defence in 2012-2014. He is currently Deputy Coordinator of Brazilian Political Sciences and International Relations Professional Postgraduate Programmes at the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) in the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann is Professor of International Relations at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio), Brazil. She was a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, England (2008-2010), at the University of Erfurt (2010-2012), and at the Free University of Berlin (2012-2015), both in Germany. She has published extensively on the areas of international and regional politics and governance. Among her publications are: Organizações Internacionais. História e Práticas (Campus Elsevier, 2015) (with Monica Herz and Jana Tabak), and ‘Inter- and Transregionalism,’ in Thomas Risse and Tanja Boerzel (eds), Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Antonio Ruy de Almeida Silva is Rear Admiral, senior professor and special advisor of the Brazilian War College (ESG), Brazil. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), and a PhD (with distinction) in Maritime Policy and Strategy from the Brazilian Naval War College. He also holds a BA degree from the United States Naval War College (Class of 2000), and a MA degree in Arts (International Relations) from Salve Regina University, USA. He was the 60th Director of the Brazilian Naval War College (EGN). He has published several articles on International Security, Nuclear Proliferation, Sea Power, “New Threats”, South Atlantic, Defence Diplomacy, Piracy, among others.

Antonio Teixeira de Barros holds a PhD in Sociology with an emphasis on Science, Technology and Society from the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. He has been a university professor since 1995. He currently teaches the MA programme in Political Science at the Centre for Education, Training and Advancement of the Chamber of Deputies (CEFOR), Brazil, where he also researches institutional policy of the legislative branch. He has conducted research on environmental policy and environmental sociology since the early 1990s, and has written numerous papers for national and international journals, as well as book chapters. His current research addresses the issues of youth and environmental policies, environmental management in Brazilian metropolises, and related topics.

Beatriz Rodrigues Bessa Mattos is Substitute Professor in the Department of Defence and International Strategic Management of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (DGEI/UFRJ), Brazil. She is also a PhD candidate in International Relations at IRI/PUC-Rio, and an assistant researcher at the BRICS Centre for Studies and Research (BRICS Policy Centre). She holds an MA in International Relations and Political Science from the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro, part of Candido Mendes University (IUPERJ/UCAM), Brazil. She is currently engaged in research on the connections between climate change and international security studies, environmental security, and the international climate regime.

Danilo Marcondes is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio), Brazil. He was a Junior Visiting Fellow with the Programme for the Study of International Governance at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (2015-2016), and worked as a lecturer at IRI/PUC-Rio (2010-2012) before completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, England, in 2016. His doctoral research covered Brazilian South-South co-operation in Mozambique. He has published articles and book chapters on Brazilian foreign policy with a focus on development co-operation and international security.

Francisco Eduardo Lemos de Matos is a PhD student in International Relations at IRI/PUC-Rio. He holds an MA in Political Science from the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), a specialisation certificate in the History of International Relations from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), and a BA in International Relations from Estácio de Sá University (UNESA), Brazil. He is a member of the Brazilian Association of International Relations (ABRI) and the International Studies Association (ISA). His main areas of interest are the theory of international relations, and post-colonial studies. He is currently engaged in research about the limits of land and sea, and the limits of liberty and freedom in relation to sovereignty.

François Vreÿ has a PhD and holds a professorship in the Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is also the Programme Coordinator for the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), housed at the same university. He is the former editor of Scientia Militaria: South African Journal for Military Studies. As a C-1 rated researcher at the National Research Foundation of South Africa, much of his work turns upon maritime security governance of Africa. He co-edited the book Towards good order at sea: African experiences (2015), and in 2016 co-published with SIGLA researchers two journal articles on Africa: ‘Africa’s rising maritime agenda: Public goods at sea’ and ‘Four hubs of maritime insecurity off Africa: From anti-piracy to anti-crime’.

Georges Flexor is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics of the Multidisciplinary Institute of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) and Professor of the graduate programme in Social Sciences for Development, Agriculture, and Society (CPDA/UFRRJ). He is a researcher at the Observatory of Public Policies for Agriculture (OPPA/UFRRJ) and also at the National Institute of Policies, Strategy and Development (INCT/PPED), Brazil. He has experience in Political Economy of Development and Public Policy. His main research topics are: institutional analysis of policy, political economy of development, and food and energy policy.

Kai Michael Kenkel is Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations at the Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio), Brazil, and Associate Researcher at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. He holds PhD and MA degrees from the Graduate Institute (then IUHEI) in Geneva and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University (USA). He has published extensively on security issues, including humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, and on Brazil’s role in UN peace operations. He was Editor-in-Chief of Contexto Internacional from 2011 to 2013, and has recently served on the board of the Brazilian Defence Studies Association. He is the Coordinator-General of the project entitled ‘Brazil and Security in the South Atlantic,’ which forms the basis for this special issue.

Layla Dawood is Assistant Professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and the Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Association for International Relations (ABRI). She holds a BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, a BA in Law from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, an MA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, and a PhD in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Her research interests include International Relations Theory and International Security, with a focus on balancing Chinese and American defence policies, nuclear policy, and nonproliferation.

Mônica Herz is Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Institute of International Relations and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Apart from several articles and chapters on Latin American security, nuclear and regional governance, and Brazilian foreign policy, she has written three books: Organizações Internacionais: histórias e práticas (2004, co-authors Andréa Ribeiro Hoffman and Jana Tabak); Ecuador vs. Peru: Peacemaking Amid Rivalry (2002, co-author, João Pontes Nogueira); and OAS Global Governance Away From the Media (2010). From 2004 to 2008, she was Director of the International Relations Institute (IRI) at PUC-Rio.

Pedro Seabra is a Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany (GIGA), and a Researcher at the Center for International Studies, University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal (CEI-IUL). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa). He has been a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of International Relations–University of Brasília, Brazil (IREL-UnB), at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, University of Pretoria, South Africa (GovInn-UP) and at the ICS-ULisboa. His main research interests focus on international relations, South Atlantic geopolitics, and security capacity-building in Africa. His recent publications include book chapters, articles, and reports on such topics.

Sabrina Evangelista Medeiros is Associate Professor at the Brazilian Naval War College (Escola de Guerra Naval – EGN, Rio de Janeiro) and was a member of the Inter-American Defense College faculty between July 2013 and July 2015. She has a Bachelor›s and a Master›s Degree from Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ). She received her PhD in Political Science from the IUPERJ and received an Honourable Mention from the Asociación Latino Americana de Ciencia Política (ALACIP) for her PhD thesis. Presently, she is the Vice-coordinator of the Postgraduate Programme in Maritime Studies, and the leading researcher of the Simulation and Scenarios Laboratory at EGN.

Sergio Pereira Leite is Associate Professor of the graduate programme in Social Sciences for Development, Agriculture, and Society of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (CPDA/UFRRJ), and co-ordinator of both the Observatory on Public Policies for Agriculture (OPPA/UFRRJ) and the study group on ‘Social Changes, Agribusiness and Public Policies’ (GEMAP/UFRRJ), Brazil. He has received research grants from Brazilian agencies, such as CNPq, FAPERJ, and CAPES, and was Visiting Scholar at The City University of New York (CUNY), USA, as well as Visiting Professor at both the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), France, and the National University of South (UNS), Argentina.

Veronica Korber Gonçalves is Professor in the Department of Economy and International Relations of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Brasília (UnB), an MA in Law and in Political Sociology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), and a BA in Law from the same institution. Her fields of research and publication include Global Environmental Politics, International Environmental Law and Theories of International Relations, as well as topics related to climate governance. She is a member of the following research groups: Ecologic Justice Observatory (UFSC); International System in the Anthropocene and Climate Change (UnB).

Victor Coutinho Lage is Sessional Lecturer of the Institute of International Relations (IRI) at PUC-Rio, and of the CPDOC at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV-Rio). He holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in International Relations, both from IRI/PUC-Rio. Former visiting PhD student at the University of Victoria, Canada, he has published articles in important journals such as Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, Contexto Internacional, Carta Internacional, and The Nonproliferation Review. His PhD dissertation, Interpretations of Brazil, Contemporary (De)Formations, discusses the concept of ‘formation’ in the interpretations of Brazil of the twentieth century. His main research topics include contemporary philosophy, political theory and philosophy, (meta)theories of International Relations, interpretations of Brazil, and modernity and modernisation in Brazil.

William de Sousa Moreira , Navy Captain (Ret.), is Professor at the Brazilian Naval War College (Escola de Guerra Naval – EGN, Rio de Janeiro) and the Co-ordinator of the Postgraduate Programme in Maritime Studies (PPGEM-EGN). He is the Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisor of EGN and a researcher at the Centre for Political and Strategic Studies. He received his PhD in Political Science from the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), where he is a member of the research group Defence Industry and Political Power Laboratory, at UFF’s Institute for Strategic Studies. He currently researches science and military technology trends and impacts on maritime security, strategy, and force planning, with a focus on South Atlantic region.


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