Nicola Casarini is currently Senior Fellow for Asia at the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) in Rome. Prior to this, he was a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center; Senior Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris; Marie Curie Research Fellow and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

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. He is currently working on a book which examines, in a comparative perspective, US and EU approaches to Asia.

His work has been cited, and his op-eds have appeared, in (among the others): Time Magazine, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Euronews, Asia Times, and China Daily.

He is the founder and director of Orientedworld, a global consultancy platform (

Project Summary

The project examines the differences, and the similarities, between America’s and Europe’s approaches to Asia, with the aim to offer policy makers with insights to better understand U.S. and EU interests and priorities in the region, identify areas for cooperation, and manage competition.
The Obama Administration has spoken of a ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalance’ toward Asia as a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. s not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. The project address the following questions: 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?

Major Publications

Brussels-Beijing: changing the game?, Paris, EU Institute for Security Studies, March 2013

Remaking Global Order. The Evolution of Europe-China Relations and its Implications for East Asia and the United States, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009

European Foreign Policy in an Evolving International System. The Road towards Convergence, Basingstoke and New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2007 (ed. with Costanza Musu)