Omar is a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Lucerne. His current research agenda focuses on power transitions in the global economy (particularly the role of Brazil, China, India and Mexico). He wrote his PhD. on the impact of domestic factors in European foreign policy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. During that time he was also a Research Assistant for a project on Swiss-EU bilateral relations funded by the SNIS and previously Teaching Assistant. Before Geneva, he studied in London and Mexico City obtaining a MSc. in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Lic. in International Relations from ITAM University. For the past three years, he has been an associate editor for the Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs. Previously he worked with NGO's in Mexico and Brazil, mainly on the areas of social development and environmental protection. Having lived in both sides of the Atlantic helped him learn several languages amongst which Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and Mandarin, which link directly to his research interests in the role of emerging countries in global trade governance and EU foreign policy. In pursuing these interests, Omar has learned and applied both qualitative and quantitative methodologies: combining case study analysis, interview material, with regression analysis and fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). He is the author of The domestic sources of European foreign policy: defence and enlargement (Forthcoming 2013, Amsterdam University Press).