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The Como Process and Beyond: Towards a New Horizon on the Korean Peninsula?

12 novembre 2020 ore 9:30 - 18:30

The Como Process and Beyond: Towards a New Horizon on the Korean Peninsula?

12 e 13 novembre 2020

A two-day online conference organized by Luiss University with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Rome that brings together an international group of scholars and policy-makers in order to discuss key issues related to one of the most long-lasting and critical issues in world politics, namely the question of security, peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

The purpose of the conference is threefold: first, to look back at an important period in international diplomacy addressing the issues on the Korean peninsula, namely the dialogue that was launched by Italian diplomacy in the early 2000s and has since come to be known as the Como Process; second, to discuss the contemporary situation on the Korean peninsula in a rapidly changing global context, taking into account both traditional and non-traditional concerns about security; and, third, to provide an outlook towards possible ways of reducing tensions and enhancing mutual security in the region in the future.

All invited speakers are expected to intervene in their personal capacity and the conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Those wishing to attend are invited to send an email to


Day One

10:30 - 11:15 Opening of the Conference

Welcoming remarks
Luca Sabbatucci, Director-General, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Andrea Prencipe, Rector, Luiss University

Thomas Christiansen, Luiss University

Raffaele Marchetti, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation, Luiss University


11:30 - 13:00 Session I: Revisiting the Establishment of Diplomatic Ties between Italy and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Background and Context to the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Italy and the DPRK
Carlo Trezza, former Italian Ambassador in Seoul

Behind the Scenes: Italian Diplomacy in Pyongyang
Giampaolo Grazian, Special Advisor, Italian Chamber of Deputies, Rome

The Como Process – Preparing the Ground for the Six-Party Joint Statement of  September 2005
Maurizio Martellini, Landau Network/Fondazione Volta, Como

Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré, Luiss University and European University Institute


14:30 - 16:00 Session 2: Security on the Korean Peninsula in the Broader Context

The Korean Question in the Context of Strategic Rivalry: What Role for the European Union?
Michael Reiterer, Former EU Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

Strategic Rivalry between US and China: Implications for the Korean Peninsula
John Nilsson-Wright, Cambridge University and Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia, Chatham House, London

Japan’s Perspective on Security Threats on the Korean Peninsula
Giulio Pugliese, Oxford University

Youngah Guahk, Luiss University


16:30 - 18:00 Session 3: New Perspectives on Security on the Korean Peninsula

The Korean Peninsula: Threat Perceptions in Asia and Europe
Ramon Pacheco Pardo, KF Chair, VUB Brussels

Economic Security on the Korean Peninsula
Jean-Christophe Defraigne, St Louis University, Brussels

From Regional Hegemon to Superpower: China’s Changing Role in East Asia
Silvia Menegazzi, Luiss University

Isabel Hernandez Pepe, Luiss University

Day Two

9:30 - 11.00 Session 4: Searching for Solutions to the Political Challenges on the Korean Peninsula

Beyond the Six-Party talks: Bilateral or Multilateral Diplomacy?
Nicola Casarini, Associate Fellow, IAI, Rome

Reconciliation, Peaceful Coexistence or Unification?
Antonio Fiori, University of Bologna

Toward Regional Security Cooperation and the Future of the Korean Peninsula
Francesca Frassineti, Research Associate, ISPI, Milano

Toward the Early Entry of Force of the CTBT
Wolfango Plastino, Centro Linceo Interdisciplinare "Beniamino Segre", Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

Thomas Christiansen, Luiss University

11:30 - 11:45 Closing Remarks