Personal identification

Full name
Alexandra Magnólia Dias

Citation names

  • Dias, Alexandra
  • Dias, Alexandra M.
  • Dias, Alexandra Magnólia
  • Dias, A.M.

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
Researcher Id
Degree Classification
2008/03/01 - 2009/05
Nationalism and Islamism in the Horn of Africa (Pós-doutoramento)
Major in Nacionalismo e Islamismo no Corno de África: análise do papel de actores internacionais na reconciliação na Somália
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa Centro de Estudos Africanos, Portugal
2002/09/11 - 2008/02/03
International Relations (Doctor)
Major in Social Sciences
London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
passed with no corrections
1997/04/12 - 2001/01/27
Mestrado em Estudos Africanos (Mestrado)
Major in African Studies
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
Good with Distinction
1992/09/14 - 1996/09/11
Relações Internacionais (Licenciatura)
Major in Culturais e Políticas
Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2015/03/01 - Current Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais, Portugal
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal
2009/06/01 - 2014/06/30 Invited Assistant Professor (University Teacher) ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa Centro de Estudos Africanos, Portugal
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa Centro de Estudos Africanos, Portugal
2005/09/08 - 2006/01/07 Assistant (University Teacher) London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
The London School of Economics and Political Science Department of International Relations, United Kingdom


Designation Funders
2010/01 - 2013/06 Monitorização de Conflitos no Corno de África
Governo da República Portuguesa Ministério da Ciência Tecnologia e Ensino Superior


Designation Funders
2019/01/01 - 2020/01/30 FCT Support to the Research Unit
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais, Portugal


  1. Alexandra Magnólia Dias. State and Societal Challenges in the Horn of Africa. 2013.
Book chapter
  1. Dias, Alexandra M.. "The Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula: the interplay between domestic, regional and global dynamics in the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea". In Routledge Handbook on the Horn of Africa: The Horn of Africa as an Innovative Political Space, edited by Bach, Jean-Nicolas, 1-18. Routledge, 2022.
  2. Dias, Alexandra M.; Yetena, Yared. "Dias, A. M. “Anatomies of protest and the trajectories of the actors at play: Ethiopia 2013-2020”". In Popular Protest, Political Opportunities and Change in Africa, edited by Sanches, Edalina, 1-25. Routledge, 2022.
    Under revision
  3. Dias, Alexandra M.. "The Trajectory of the Liberation Insurgencies from Portuguese Colonialism and their Contribution to Pan-Africanism and Solidarism within an Emerging African Regional Society". In Visions of African Unity: New perspectives on the history of Pan-Africanism, OAU/AU and African regional unification projects, edited by Gerits, Frank; Grilli, Matteo, 183-211. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
  4. Alexandra Magnolia Dias. "A evolução da sociedade internacional africana e as suas implicações para a política externa portuguesa (The evolution of Africa’s international society and its implications for Portugal Africa’s Foreign Policy)". In Política Externa Portuguesa e África: Tendências e Temas Contemporâneos. (Portugal Foreign Policy and Africa: Contemporary Trends and Issues, edited by Raimundo, António, 49-71. Lisbon, Portugal: Centro de Estudos Internacionais do Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, 2019.
  5. Dias, A.M.; Dorman, Sara Rich. "We didnt fight for this: The pitfalls of state and nation building in Eritrea". In Secessionism in African Politics: Aspiration, Grievance, Performance, Disenchantment, edited by L. de Vries; P. Englebert; M. Schomerus, 395-422. New York, United States: Palgrave, 2018.
  6. Alexandra Magnolia Dias. "Introduction". In L'originalité de la Corne de l'Afrique, edited by Patrick Ferras, 8-15. Observatoire de la Corne de l’Afrique, 2015.
  7. Alexandra Magnólia Dias. "Introduction: Understanding conflict and processes of state formation, reconfiguration and disintegration in the Horn of Africa". 2013.
  8. Alexandra Magnólia Dias. "International intervention and engagement in Somalia (2006-2013): yet another external state reconstruction project?". 2013.
  9. Alexandra Magnólia Dias. "Borderless World vs Borders as Walls: insights from a borderland group in northern Ethiopia". 2012.
  10. Alexandra Magnólia Dias. "Processo de Reconstrução do Estado, Dinâmicas e Actores Sociais na Estruturação de Espaços Políticos em Áreas Rurais (Trans/) Fronteiriças (Tigrai/Etiópia)". 2010.
Conference abstract
  1. Alexandra Magnolia Dias. "The Horn of Africa Pattern of Power". 2018.
  2. Alexandra Magnolia Dias. "Portuguese speaking Africa, "lusophony" and solidarism across African and global international societies". 2018.
Conference paper
  1. Dias, Alexandra M.. "Dias, A. M. (2021) Borders Are not Mere Lines on Maps: Insights from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Northern Ethiopia .". Paper presented in World Congress 2021 International Political Science Association. 26th World Congress ‘’New Nationalisms in an Open World., Online Virtual, 2021.
  2. Dias, Alexandra M.. "The Horn of Africa and The Arabian Peninsula: regional and national interests in a changing security complex". Paper presented in New Gulf Streams Middle East and Eastern Africa intersected, Lisbon, 2021.
  3. Dias, Alexandra M.. "Dias, A. M. (2021) The Horn of Africa in a changing international order. Implications for the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea.". Paper presented in Virtual workshop "Non-Western Actors in Africa: Interests, Conflicts and Agency”, Virtual online, 2021.
  4. Alexandra Magnolia Dias. "Human Security, Stability and Cooperation". 2017.
Journal article
  1. Alexandra Magnolia Dias; Carmen Amado Mendes. "A China e África em ascensão: Trajetórias mutuamente reforçadas ou novas dependências (Rising China and Africa: mutually reinforcing strategies or new dependencies?". R:I / Relações Internacionais 65 (2020): 5-12. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/7beb901c-355a-4085-8b04-ea1bcbf62c2a.
    Published • 10.23906/ri2020.65a01 • Editor
  2. Dias, Alexandra M.. "Dias, A. Radicalization processes in the Sahel and the trajectory of militant islamist movements in Mali.". Nação e Defesa. Special Issue: Islamist Movements in the Middle East, North Africa and the Sahel. 48 (2017): 82-94. https://comum.rcaap.pt/bitstream/10400.26/32256/5/DIAS_Alexandra_Magnolia_Radicalization%20processes%20in%20the%20Sahel_Nacao%20e%20Defesa_N_148_2017_p_82_94.pdf.
  3. Alexandra Magnolia Dias. "Introduction". IEMed (2017): 11-21. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/89975ec6-139c-459f-a566-a9373519f4a5.
  4. Alexandra Magnolia Dias. "Ressurgência da autodeterminação nacional no Corno de África". Janus Anuário 17 (2015): 88-89. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/8f2d61d8-9e32-4a72-9175-9c897ed79b1b.
  5. Alexandra Magnólia Dias. "Desafios Transnacionais de Segurança em África no Século XXI". Cadernos de Estudos Africanos (2011): http://journals.openedition.org/cea/402.
  6. Alexandra Magnólia Dias. "The Conduct of an Inter-state War and Multiple Dimensions of Territory: 1998-2000 Eritrea-Ethiopia war". Cadernos de Estudos Africanos (2011): http://journals.openedition.org/cea/384.
  7. Dias, Alexandra M.. "Dias, Alexandra Magnólia. "A trajectória de um movimento islamita na Somália (2006-2010)." The trajectory of an islamist movement in Somalia". Relações Internacionais 26 (2010): 83-93. http://www.ipri.pt/images/publicacoes/revista_ri/pdf/ri26/n26a08.pdf.
    Open access • Published
Journal issue
  1. Dias, Alexandra M.; Branco, Carlos M.,. "Dias, Alexandra Magnólia & Branco, Carlos Martins (eds.) ‘’ O Mar no espaço da CPLP ’’ The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries and the Sea". Revista Nação e Defesa ( N&D) do Instituto de Defesa Nacional 128 (2011): http://www.idn.gov.pt/index.php?mod=1321&cod=131.
    Published • Editor
  1. Alexandra Magnolia Dias; Carmen Fonseca. 2015. Portugal e CPLP. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/12918989-ba3e-409a-9aab-d4cdcc5de7b6.

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2012/02/06 - 2014/05/31 Between September 2011 and June 2014. History Department. Invited Assistant Professor. One semester Course : Regional Geo-Political Frameworks (MSc in History and International Relations). History and International Relations (Mestrado) ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
2011/09/12 - 2014/05/31 Between September 2011 and June 2014. History Department. Invited Assistant Professor. Course Taught: International Politics (Bsc in Political Science) Licenc (Licenciatura) ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
2012/09/12 - 2014/05/30 Research Seminar in International Relations . 01739 PhD Programme in Political Science- Specialization International Realations ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal