Head of Asia Programme at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Member of the editorial board of The International Spectator. He is a non-resident Global Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. Senior Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris; Marie Curie Research Fellow and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He holds a Ph.D. with London School of Economics. He is also Founder and Director of Orientedworld.com.
His research interests focus on the interplay between foreign policy, security studies and regional integration. He has published widely on EU-China and EU- Asia relations; Chinese foreign policy; East Asia's security and transatlantic relations. He is the author of the monograph “Remaking Global Order. The Evolution of Europe-China Relations and its Implications for East Asia and the United States” (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009); editor of the volume “Brussels-Beijing: changing the game?” (Paris, EUISS, 2013) and co-editor of the volume “European Foreign Policy in an Evolving International System. The Road towards Convergence” (Basingstoke and New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).
His work has appeared among the others on: TIME Magazine, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Euronews, Xinhua, Project Syndicate, The Diplomat, Asia Times, China Daily, The Japan Times, The Korea Herald, Taipei Times, The Straits Times, South China Morning Post, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, Il Sole 24 Ore.