Francesco Saverio Montesano

Former Research Assistant


  • Trade and Globalisation
  • Migration


  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Russia & Central Asia

Expertise: EU and Chinese Foreign Policy; EU Neighbourhood Policy; Global Governance and Global Order; Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs

Francesco Saverio Montesano was Project Assistant for the Clingendael Research department. Working mainly with the EU in the World knowledge group, he focused on foreign policy analysis of European and  East Asian issues. Among various projects, he has been focusing on the geo-strategic implications of the Eurasian Economic Union for the EU and other relevant regional and global actors, as well as on a scenario-study on potential escalation in the South China Sea.

Francesco holds an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he graduated (with Distinction) with a dissertation on the strategic evolution of China’s foreign policy, focusing on security and peacekeeping engagement. Prior to joining Clingendael, he worked as a Research Intern for the EU Foreign Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, researching and publishing on the ongoing policy changes under the new High Representative and on EU-Turkey relations. In August 2016 he started working for the College of Europe in Bruges.

My work



Trade and Globalisation

A South China Sea Conflict: Implications for European Security

07 March 2016 - 15:41
Europe in the World

From Competition to Compatibility: Striking a Eurasian balance

23 November 2015 - 11:28