Bernardo Pires de Lima (Lisbon, 1979) is currently a Researcher at the Portuguese Institute of International Relations (since 2004), a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (since 2012), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C, a foreign affairs columnist for the Portuguese daily newspaper, Diário de Notícias, since November 2010, and a foreign affairs analyst for the national television and radio broadcasts RTP and Antena 1, since July 2015. He also advises on transatlantic policy issues and geopolitical risk for Maintrust Investment Consulting. In 2012 he had a Luso-American Foundation Fellowship (FLAD) and has been awarded with the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, from The German Marshall Fund of the United States, in 2013, one of the most important leadership and networking programs for future transatlantic leaders under 40 years old. In the last years, he’s been traveling around the United States, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, an old continent he prefers to measure, like Tony Judt, “in train time”: he went on three inter-rails throughout the last decade.

His comments have been published and released in several Portuguese and European radio broadcasts (Rádio Renascença, TSF, Antena 1Rádio Europa, Rádio Clube Português, RFI, BBC, Deutsche Welle), national television networks (TVI, TVI24, SIC, SIC Notícias, RTP1, RTP2, RTP3, RTP Informação, RTP África) and news agencies (Lusa, Reuters). He was also a contributor and a columnist for other Portuguese newspapers and magazines (Diário Económico, I, Atlântico, Notícias Magazine), and for several international publications (Majalla Magazine, World Politics Review, Huffington Post World, Atlantic Treaty Association Commentary, The Diplomat, The National Interest, Hurriyet Daily News, Berlin Policy Journal). He has been regularly published in peer-reviewed journals like Relações Internacionais, Nação e Defesa and European Foreign Affairs Review.

Bernardo Pires de Lima was a Research Associate at the National Defense Institute (Portugal), between 2005 and 2009, field of transatlantic relations and international security, and has been a member of several study groups on transatlantic security and Middle East affairs, and a lecturer at the National Defense Institute, Portuguese Diplomatic Institute, Diplomatic Academy of Turkey, Portuguese Academy of Sciences, Nova University, ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, Catholic University and Lusíada University of Lisbon.

He holds a Degree in Political Science (2003), a M.A in International Relations from Lusíada University (2006), and has his PhD currently frozen (Nova University of Lisbon) due to several professional responsibilities. His research is focused on the US foreign policy during Bill Clinton’s administration towards the role of NATO immediately after the end of the Cold War. During his studies he spent one year at the Department of Political Science, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy),  was the Portuguese representative at the Leaders Program in Advanced Security Studies (LPASS), George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (Germany), and has also attended the NATO/PfP Staff Orientation Course, NATO School Oberammergau (Germany), the US-NATO Program for International Opinion Makers, Brussels (Belgium), and The Future European Leadership Tour (Israel). He has also been working on foreign policy consultancy for diplomatic, political and economic entities.

He is the author of Putinlândia (Tinta-da-China, 2016), a collection of essays about the current European and Mediterranean steps of Vladimir Putin, Portugal e o Atlântico (Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, 2016), an essay on the rise of the Atlantic and the role of Portugal, A Síria em Pedaços (Tinta-da-China, 2015), a collection of chronicles on the Syrian civil war; A Cimeira das Lajes: Portugal, Espanha e a Guerra do Iraque (Tinta-da-China, 2013), a study of the Portuguese support of the American decision to use force against Iraq, which has represented the most difficult balance between European and Transatlantic pillars in the Portuguese democratic history; and Blair, a Moral e o Poder (Guerra & Paz, 2008), a critical analysis of Tony Blair’s decade on foreign affairs with a particular emphasis on the European and Atlantic balance during the Kosovo and Iraq crisis.

Bernardo Pires de Lima is a member of the Portuguese Association of Political Science, the Transatlantic Studies Association and the EU Integration Forum. His main areas of interest include transatlantic relations, European security, US, British and Portuguese foreign policies.


Recent Publications include:


  • “Germany’s Unipolar Moment” (with Erik Brattberg), Berlin Policy Journal, 21 September 2015.

  • “Stop Asking Turkey to confront ISIL Alone” (with Erik Brattberg), Hurriyet Daily News, 14 October 2014.

  • “Obama must use Europe trip to Reinforce U.S Leadership” (with Erik Brattberg), The National Interest, 4 June 2014.

  • “Confronting Moscow with the help of Beijing” (with Erik Brattberg), The Diplomat, 25 May 2014.

  • “Was Afghanistan worth it for NATO?” (with Erik Brattberg), Atlantic Treaty Association Commentary, 18 March 2014. Pdf
  • “Ukraine and the Dawn of Post-American Europe” (with Erik Brattberg), The Huffington Post World, 3 March 2014.

  • “Risks Outweigh Gains in NATO Palestine Proposal (with Erik Brattberg), World Politics Review Briefing, 25 February 2014. Pdf
  • “NATO must Focus on South Atlantic, Arctic to Remain Relevant” (with Erik Brattberg), World Politics Review Briefing, 28 October 2013. Pdf
  • “Why the Atlantic, not the Pacific, may dominate the 21st Century” (with Erik Brattberg), The Huffington Post World, 11 December 2013.