Dear Authors, Esteemed Readers,
It is with deep satisfaction that I write this Foreword to the Proceedings of the 43rd International Academic Conference held in Lisbon on September 25 - 28, 2018.
IThe conference particularly encouraged the interaction of research students and developing academics with the more established academic community in an informal setting to present and to discuss new and current work. Their contributions helped to make the conference as outstanding as it has been.
In addition to the contributed papers, Professor Graeme Auton from the Department of Political Science, University of Redlands, USA, delivered the speech "Nationalism, Populism, Realism and the Intensification of East Asia's Maritime Disputes".
These Proceedings will furnish the scientists of the world with an excellent reference book. I trust also that this will be an impetus to stimulate further study and research in all these areas.
We thank all authors and participants for their contributions.