Ugo Armanini is a Research Assistant on Asia-Pacific at the Elcano Royal Institute. Graduated in Law and Political Science from the University of Montpellier, with an M. Sc. in International Studies from the University of Montreal where he has been teaching assistant. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Madrid’s Universidad Autónoma, working on a thesis on China-Latin America relations.
Research areas: China’s foreign policy, the Belt and Road Initiative, and Spain’s foreign relations with East Asian countries. His academic research focuses on China’s image in Latin American countries as well as China’s impact on the region’s development and economic integration.
Selected publications: China’s enduring engagement in Latin America: Evolving prospects still short of expectations (with M. Esteban, in A. Mori (ed.), Latin America in the new multipolar world order, Institute for International Political Studies, 2020), Spain-South Korea relations: A dynamic relationship chasing its potential (with M. Esteban, in R. Pacheco Pardo (ed.), Mapping out EU-South Korea relations: Key member states’ perspective, Institute for European Studies, 2020), The EU-Japan connectivity partnership: A sustainable initiative awaiting materialisation (with M. Esteban, ARI n°12/2020, Elcano Royal Institute).