Franco Algieri is Associate Professor of International Relations 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) and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research (C.A.P), Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU). He was lecturing Political Science at the Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and at the Geschwister Scholl Institut, LMU. He was an appointed 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 focus and publications cover European and Asian security issues, the European integration process and EU-Asia relations, with special emphasis on EU-China relations.