Franco Algieri is Associate Professor and Head of the International Relations Department at Webster Vienna Private University. Prior to that he was Director of Research at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research (C.A.P), Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Research Fellow at the Research Group on European Affairs, Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, and at the Institute for European Politics in Bonn. He was lecturing in Political Science at Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen and Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. He was also Guest Professor at the School of International Studies and Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Studies, both at the Renmin University of China, Beijing. Franco Algieri studied Political Science and Sinology in Freiburg, Tübingen and Taipei, and European Studies in Bruges. He received his doctorate and M.A. both from the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, and a Diploma of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges. His research covers European and Asian security issues, the European integration process and EU-Asia relations (with special emphasis on EU-China relations). He has published widely on these topics.