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Associate researcher, Center for Political Strategic Studies, Brazilian Naval War College

Adriana Erthal Abdenur (PhD Princeton, AB Harvard) is an associate researcher at the Brazilian Naval War College and coordinator of the Peace & Security Division at the Brazilian researcher center Instituto Igarapé. She has taught at the New School, Columbia, and Brazil's Catholic University. She has also been a National Productivity Scholar through the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CNPq). She currently serves on the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the United Nations ECOSOC.

Adriana's research interests focus on international security, development cooperation, and the role rising powers. She is a former Fellow of the India China Institute and has won a research grant from the Fulbright Commission. Recent publications include articles in the following outlets: Foreign Affairs, Global Governance, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Peacekeeping, Third World Quarterly, IDS Bulletin, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, Africa Review, and Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. She co-authored the book India China: Rethinking Borders and Security and edited, along with Thomas G. Weiss, the volume Emerging Powers and the UN (Routledge, 2015).

She won a “Young Scientist of Our State” from the Rio de Janeiro Research Support Foundation (FAPERJ). From 2011 to 2013, she was General Coordinator of the BRICS Policy Center. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and several divisions of the UN (Department of Political Affairs, UNDP, Department of Economic and Social Affairs). She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Swedish Armed Forces International Center (SWEDINT), in charge of peacekeeping training.


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    Associate researcher, Center for Political Strategic Studies, Brazilian Naval War College