Franco Algieri is Associate Professor and Head of the International Relations Department at Webster Vienna Private University. In prior positions, he was Director of Research at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research/Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich and the Institute for European Politics in Bonn. He was teaching at the LMU Munich and the Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen and was Guest Professor at the School of International Studies and Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Studies, both at Renmin University of China. He studied Political Science and Sinology in Freiburg, Tübingen, Taipei and European Studies in Bruges. His research focus covers EU-Asia relations, with special emphasis on China, the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU as well the development of the European integration process. He has published widely on these topics.