The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the E.U. and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents? We spoke with a former Senior Analyst for the European Union Institute for Security Studies to pose these questions and more. Our guest, Nicola Casarini, is a Public Policy Scholar with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe.

Read a Wilson Brief about the topic: How Europe and the United States Can Boost Cooperation and Manage Competition in Asia.

About Nicola Casarini
Nicola Casarini is a non-resident Associate Fellow for East Asia at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome and a resident Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington. His current research focuses on the response of the US and the EU to China’s rise in the post-Cold War period. Nicola was Research Fellow/Senior Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris, from September 2010 to June 2014. Prior to this, he was Marie Curie Research Fellow (2008-2010) and Jean Monnet Fellow (2006-2007) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He holds a Laurea in Political Science from the University of Bologna, a Diplome d'études superieures from The Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and a PhD in international relations from the LSE. He has published works on EU foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, East Asia's security, EU-China and EU-East Asia relations, and transatlantic relations. His work has been cited - and his op-eds have appeared - in (among the others): Time Magazine, Foreign Affairs, Reuters, Asia Times, China Daily.