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Dr Clara Portela is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA from the Free University of Berlin. She is the author of the monograph ‘European Union Sanctions and Foreign Policy’ (Routledge 2010), for which she received the THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration in 2011. Her research interests include international sanctions, nuclear non-proliferation and the foreign policy of the European Union.

Clara has prepared several reports for the European Parliament, and she has participated in the UN High Level Review of Sanctions and the EUISS task force on EU sanctions. Clara was a Guest Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (France) in 2013 and at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) in 2014/15. She has also held visiting positions with Carleton University (Canada), University of London (UK), and the Australian National University (Australia), among others.

Recent publications include:

  • Clara Portela, Andreas Boogaerts and Edith Drieskens (2016) “One swallow does not make spring: A critical juncture perspective on the EU sanctions in response to the Arab Spring”, Mediterranean Politics, 21(2) 
  • Clara Portela (2015) “Member states’ resistance to EU foreign policy sanctions”, European Foreign Affairs Review 20 (3)
  • Clara Portela and Andrea Charron (2015) “The UN, regional sanctions and Africa”, International Affairs, 91(6) 
  • Clara Portela and Jan Orbie (2014) “Sanctions under the EU’s Generalised System of Preferences: Coherence by Accident?”, Contemporary Politics, 20 (1)
  • Clara Portela (2011) “Belarus and the European Union: Sanctions and Partnership?", Comparative European Politics, 9 (4)