Karine Lisbonne-de Vergeron is Head of Europe Programme and Senior Fellow of the Global Policy Institute. She has specialised in international relations and issues relating to European politics, culture and identity, specifically on the relationship between Europe and the Asian emerging giants (China and India). She initiated the research projects on non-European views of Europe – Chinese and Indian Views of Europe – jointly with Chatham House in the United Kingdom and the Fondation Robert Schuman in France in 2006. Her other areas of interests are: British European policy and the domestic debate in Britain on the EU; European defence co-operation, in particular the Anglo-French Defence Treaty; European external affairs and cultural diplomacy and the significance of this for European integration. She is the author of numerous publications, and has been a contributor to many conferences and media across Europe. She was previously a Consultant Manager in European and international business strategy. She was awarded a special prize by the French Ministry for Culture in 2005 for her thesis on European cultural matters (contemporary art and corporate charities).