Portugal in Atlantic-Mediterranean Security

  • Alvaro Vasconcelos


The security policy of Portugal was determined during the last century by the necessity of maintaining the African empire. This was the main reason for Portugal’s participation in the First World War and, to some extent, it also explains the evolution of the Portuguese position during the Second World War, and its decision to participate in NATO in 1949.


Foreign Policy Armed Force Military Expenditure Socialist Party Social Democratic Party 
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    See José Clavet de Magalhaes, Portugal e o Tratado do Atlantico Norte, (Lisbon: IEEI, 1984).Google Scholar
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    See Antonio José Saraiva, A Cultura em Portugal, Vol. I, (Lisboa: 1982).Google Scholar
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    See Joaquim Barradas de Carvalho, Rumo de Portugal. A Europa ou o Atlantico?, 2nd edition, (Lisbon: Livros Horizonte, 1982), p. 64.Google Scholar

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