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Geopolitics of Energy Seminar Due On Nov. 21
Mr. Massimo Andrea Leggeri,
Italian Ambassador to Seoul

The Office of S&T of the Embassy of Italy in Seoul, in cooperation with the "Center for research Northeast of Asia" of KEEI (Korea Energy Economics Institute, will be hosting a Seminar focused on the major questions related to multilateral vs. bilateral cooperation within the domain of the geopolitics as security, stability, sustainability of energy and transportation corridors in Korea and surrounding area.


Prof. Corrado G.M. Letta, Italian, with a very long permanence in Korea and Asia and well known worldwide as one of the most skilled experts of Asian problems, will develop a topic regarding "The geopolitics of energy and transportation corridors in northeast Asia," Dr. Ji-Chul Ryu, Executive Director of CERNA-KEEI, will introduce a speech related to "Major Issues for energy Cooperation in Northeast Asia"

The Seminar, starting from a technical-political energy scenario, will try to give an answer to some basic and critical questions: are the challenges of energy security in Northeast Asia and Europe similar? What should be done to achieve a unified energy policy in both regions which might bring about major benefits? Is it feasible to bring Asia to Europe and vice versa Europe to Asia? If it is feasible, can it actually be achieved?

In this frame, Italian and Korean experts are expected to discuss the topic theme, that is crucial, as well as decisive for the future development and the equilibria of Northeast Asia.

The Lecture takes place on November 21, 2006 (3.00 p.m.) at KEEI Headquarters, 665-1 Naeson 2-dong, Euiwang-Si, Kyonggi-do.

For more information, contact KEEI (ph. 031-420-2114) or the Italian Embassy (02-796-0491)

Abstract

THE GEOPOLITICS OF ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS IN NORTHEAST ASIA

Prof. Corrado G.M. LETTA

This paper intends to address the major question of multilateral vs. bilateral cooperation within the domain of the geopolitics of oil and transportation corridors.

Therefore, the following basic questions are addressed: are the challenges of energy security in Northeast Asia and Europe similar? What should be done to achieve a unified energy policy in both regions which might bring about major benefits? Is it feasible to bring Asia to Europe and vice versa Europe to Asia? If it is feasible, can it actually be achieved?

As energy security ,stability,sustainability and transportation corridors (ITCs) are not going to be materialized unless countries in both regions do master the political will to set in motion the organizational engineering leading to constructive cooperation, what is practically required to develop such a regional/inter-regiona energy cooperation? How to finance regional/inter-regional infrastructure projects? What is the ITC strategic significance for each country in both regions and in the three Straits, Malacca-Singapore, the Lombok, and the Sunda Straits? What is the most critical issue on the demand side which is the common denominator for this large energy consuming countries? And what are, on the supply side, the most important implications of the development of energy reserves in the Eastern region of Russia to satisfy both the European and Northeast Asia energy needs? What does this region/inter-.regional cooperation require in terms of peace and stability, competition in the market place, co-operation based on multi-benefit approach, joint exploitation of resources, laying aside international disputes?

In short, this paper intends to address all these basic questions, because multilateral cooperation and national security are intertwined with each one of these regions and both of them together. Thus, it maintains that the regional/inter-regional approach is indeed more capable than the national one to pursue energy security, safety and sustainability and maximize the actual harvesting of the benefits deriving from the appropriate development of ITCs. Furthermore, this paper maps also out the major obstacles to such a regional/inter-regional cooperation and points out how they can be overcome.

Who Is Prof. CORRADO G. M. LETTA?

He was a Fellow at the Sejong Institute, ROK in the year 2003. He attended Ecole Normale Superieur and Pisa University, Italy; Cambridge University, England and Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill, USA. Throughout his 35 years professional experience he has lived in different continents working on a variety of assignments for different organizations. He has advised the King of Saudi Arabia, the Shah of Iran, the King of Cambodia; the Presidents of Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Indonesia; three Asian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, City Bank Asian Regional Headquarters, the UNDP, the European Union, and the ASEM Summits Organizing Committees. Collaborating with Harvard Business School, he was the co-founder of the first European Management School in Italy. His cutting edge research work has resulted in the publication of 15 books on subjects encompassing multidisciplinary approaches. Some of these books have been translated in Mandarin, Japanese and English. Because of his Cross Cultural Communication experience, he is a frequent speaker in international seminars; and he was invited, as a special guest, by the Singaporean Government to the first International Arts Festival. In addition, he has had multimedia exhibitions in Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta, London, Milan, New York City; Dallas, Texas; and Philadelphia. His work has been the subject of numerous reportages on Asian television networks, magazines, and newspapers .




 

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