In her first editorial to the ‘Global Review’, the Chair of the Estoril Conferences, Teresa Violante, underlined the mission of our new quarterly publication: to cut out the middleman. In every edition of the ‘Global Review’, articles were to be written freely by each of the authors, expressing their own views of the world.
Sharing the spirit of the Estoril Conferences, the ‘Global Review’ is a platform that promotes direct contact with the insights of ambassadors, activists, economists, journalists, politicians, professors, and students from all over the world, with different political and ideological backgrounds. Over the course of the two years, the review welcomed the contributions of several of these experts.
Our first edition was published in February 2017 and we had the opportunity to meet activist Maria da Conceição and share the work of Maria Cristina Foundation with poor children from the slums of Bangladesh. Among other contributions, Professor Felipe Pathé Duarte wrote an article on the Syrian civil war and its implications for Turkey and the Kurdish forces.
Edward Snowden gave us an exclusive interview for our second edition of the ‘Global Review’, in which he spoke about privacy issues, the press as the “enemy of the people” and his exile in Russia. Its publication on May 2017 coincided with the 5th edition of the Estoril Conferences. The event lead to a special issue of the ‘Global Review’, entirely dedicated to the Conferences, where the reader was offered a glimpse of some of its most mesmerizing speeches, including the ones given by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, activist Fareeda Khalaf and former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.
In November 2017, we interviewed Fareeda Khalaf, speaking, among other topics, about the newly formed partnership with Yazda – a global Yazidi organization – with the Estoril Conferences.
The year of 2018 began with our February edition, which also celebrated the ‘Global Review’s first anniversary. Its contributors wrote about what to expect from the year ahead, in a moment when Europe was at the center of a new tide of nationalist and populist forces, a topic explored by Professor Alberto Alemanno, from HEC Paris, who called for a fightback from liberal Europe.
The following edition of the Global Review was also a special issue entirely dedicated to the youth, which saw contributions by the Portuguese Secretary for Youth and Sport, João Paulo Rebelo and an interview with European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, among others.
Now, two years after its first publication, not only does this new edition of the ‘Global Review’ mark its second anniversary, as it is also the last issue to be published before the Estoril Conferences, in May 2019. It will be entirely dedicated to the topic of Inclusive Globalization, with a special contribution by Vaira Veike-Freiberga, former President of the Republic of Latvia.