Maria Raquel Freire, PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent, UK, in 2002, is researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and Associate Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, in Portugal. She holds a Jean Monnet Chair. She lectures at the undergraduate and graduate levels in International Relations, including the MA in Peace, Security and Development Studies, and the PhD in International Politics and Conflict Resolution. She is currently director of the PhD Programme in International Politics and Conflict Resolution, CES|FEUC; and Head of the International Relations Department at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra. She is also a member of the Governing Board of the European International Studies Association (EISA). Her research interests focus on peace studies, particularly peacekeeping and peacebuilding; foreign policy, international security, Russia and the post-Soviet space, including work developed on Central Asia. She has several publications on these topics, including the book Conflict and Security in the Former Soviet Union: The Role of the OSCE . Revivals Series. London: Routledge, 2018; a co-edited volume with Maria Grazia Galantino on Managing Crises, Making Peace: Towards a Strategic EU Vision for Security and Defense. London: Palgrave, 2015; a co-edited book with Roger E. Kanet on Key Players and Regional Dynamics in Eurasia: The Return of the ‘Great Game’. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010; scientific articles, such as “The quest for status: how the interplay of power, ideas, and regime security shapes Russia’s policy in the post-Soviet space”, International Politics, 2018; co-authored with Regina Heller,”Russia’s Power Politics in Ukraine and Syria: Status-seeking between Identity, Opportunity and Costs”, Europe-Asia Studies, 2018; “Russian Politics toward Central Asia: Supporting, Balancing, Coercing or Imposing?”, Asian Perspective, 2009; and book chapters such as “Shanghai Cooperation Organization“, in Andrei P. Tsygankov (org.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy. London: Routledge, 2018; “EU-Russia Relations and Transnational terrorism: The Case of Police Cooperation”, in Roger Kanet, Maria Raquel Freire (org.), Russia and European Security. Dordrecht: Republic of Letters Publishing, 2012; and “The OSCE in the New Central Asia“, in Emilian Kavalski (org.), The New Central Asia: The Regional Impact of International Actors. Londres: World Scientific Publishing Company, 2009.
affiliation and current position
CES | FEUC, University of Coimbra, Portugal, Associate Professor
CES – Centre for Social Studies
FEUC – Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra
foreign policy, security, peace studies, Russia, post-Soviet space
works/publications on Central Asia
Freire, Maria Raquel (2018) Conflict and Security in the Former Soviet Union: The Role of the OSCE . Revivals Series. London: Routledge
Freire, Maria Raquel and Roger E. Kanet (2010) Key Players and Regional Dynamics in Eurasia: The Return of the ‘Great Game’. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Freire, Maria Raquel (2009) “Russian Politics toward Central Asia: Supporting, Balancing, Coercing or Imposing?”, Asian Perspective, 2009.