is an assistant professor of International Relations and a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. Her research interests include Russian foreign policy and the post-Soviet countries. She has contributed to several reports on these issues, includin...
- Turkey as a humanitarian actor: the critical cases of Somalia and Syria
Pinar Tank , 17 March 2015
- Africa’s pre-eminent peacemaker? An appraisal of South Africa’s peacemaking role in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Milfrid Tonheim , Gerrie Swart , 6 February 2015
- African development: what role do the rising powers play?
Elling N. Tjønneland , 23 January 2015
- Conflicting dilemmas: economic growth, natural resources and indigenous populations in South America
María A. Guzmán-Gallegos , 3 November 2014
- Brazil’s involvement in peacekeeping operations: the new defence-security-foreign policy nexus
Monica Hirst , Reginaldo Mattar Nasser , 30 September 2014
- The discursive articulation of the concept of the “rising power”: perceptions, stances and interests in Brazil, Russia and Turkey
Licínia Simão , Teresa Almeida Cravo , André Barrinha , Reginaldo Mattar Nasser , 24 September 2014
- South America’s economic and political landscape: recent developments and trends
Alcides Costa Vaz , 17 September 2014
Non-state actors and South Caucasus security: the role of NGOs, transnational corporations and religious organisations
Licínia Simão, 19 March 2013
Following the collapse of Soviet structures, security dynamics in the South Caucasus became closely related to the process of the consolidation of viable and effective states. This entailed, among other things, managing private, non-official activities, which began to develop as a means of survival outside official structures. Since the 1990s the liberal capitalist projects promoted in the region have brought in Westernised structures of social mobilisation and accumulation of wealth and power, i.e. NGOs and multinational corporations, respectively. This policy brief looks at the elements in the post-communist context that favoured the consolidation of non-state actors as challengers of and contributors to state power, from a national, regional and structural perspective. Looking at NGOs, transnational corporations and religious organisations, it deals with the main security implications of this proliferation of new actors for state consolidation and regional stability, including the role of external players in addressing these issues.