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Marco Milani

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of the Arts

Academic discipline: SPS/14 Asian History and Institutions

Curriculum vitae

EDUCATION

Ph.D. History and International Relations of Contemporary Asia, University of Cagliari.

M.A. International Relations, University of Bologna.

B.A. International and Diplomatic Sciences, University of Bologna.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Korean History and Society, History and International Relations of East Asia, North and South Korean foreign and security policy, Inter-Korean relations, Contemporary Korean cultural production, Media and Communication in Korea and East Asia.

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2018 Sept – 2020 May: Lecturer in Korean and East Asian Studies, The School of East Asian Studies, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield (UK).

2019 Jul – 2019 Aug: Adjunct Professor, International Summer Session, Hankuk Univeristy of Foreign Studies, Seoul (Republic of Korea).

2018 Jan – 2018 Jun: Lecturer, School of International Relations, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA).

2016 Aug – 2017 Dec: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Korean Studies Institute, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA).

 

RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

2022 Jan – 2023 June: Project Director, “Exploring the Media and Politics landscape in Europe, East Asia and the US”, Partner universities: Toyo University (JP), UCLA (US), Innovative Projects within International Cooperation Agreements, University of Bologna.

2021 June – 2024 May: Project Director, “Enhancing Korean Studies at the University of Bologna: bridging Humanities and Social Sciences”, SEED Program for Korean Studies, KSPS - Korean Studies Promotion Service (AKS - Academy of Korean Studies).

2021 Jan – 2024 Jan: Research Fellow, “ENGAGE – ASEAN Student Engagement Initiative”, Erasmus+ Key Action 2 – Capacity Building in the Higher Education Sector (CBHE), EACEA, European Commission.

2018 Jan – present: Research Fellow, Korean Studies Institute, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California.

2018 July – 2018 Aug: Visiting Researcher, Korea University (Seoul, Republic of Korea).

2016 Aug – 2018 Dec: Researcher, “The Party Politics of Foreign and Security Policy in Europe”, Research Project (directors: Tapio Raunio and Wolgang Wagner, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).

2016 Aug – 2018 Apr: Principal Investigator, “Beyond and Behind Security: an inter-disciplinary approach to the North Korean issue”, Joint Research Project (USC, UC Santa Barbara, University of Sheffield).

2016 Aug – 2017 Dec: Researcher, “Rethinking Korea’s Hard and Soft Power: On the Globalization of East Asia in the Social Sciences and Humanities”, AKS Laboratory Program for Korean Studies 2015-2020, (director: Rhacel Parrenas, University of Southern California).

2015 July: Researcher, “Korean Unification for Junior International Experts Program”, Republic of Korea - Ministry of Unification, Institute for Unification Education.

2014 Apr – 2014 June: Visiting Researcher, Leiden Institute for Area Studies – Leiden University.

2013 Apr – 2013 May: Visiting Researcher, Institute for Far Eastern Studies – Kyungnam University.

2013 Feb – 2013 May: Visiting Researcher, Institute for Peace and Unification Studies – Seoul National University.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

BOOKS:

  • Asia. Storia, istituzioni e relazioni internazionali (Asia. History, institutions and international relations, in Italian), co-authored with Antonio Fiori and Andrea Passeri. Le Monnier Università, Firenze, 2022. ISBN: 978-88-00-74863-6.
  • The Korean Paradox: Domestic Political Divide and Foreign Policy in South Korea, co-edited with Antonio Fiori and Matteo Dian. Routledge, Abingdon, 2019. ISBN: 978-1-138-54240-2.

 

ACADEMIC JOURNALS:

  • “Korean Peninsula 2021: Managing the crisis and adapting to new situations”. In Asia Maior 2021 – Asia in 2021: In the grip of global and local crises, Vol. XXXII, Viella, 2022, pp. 95-124, ISSN 2385-2526.
  • “Korean Peninsula 2020: Overcoming the challenges of COVID-19”. In Asia Maior 2020 – Coping with COVID-19 and other crises, Vol. XXXI, Viella, 2021, pp. 71-101, ISSN 2385-2526.
  • "Korean Peninsula 2019: The year of missed opportunities". In Asia Maior 2019 - Escalating international tensions and authoritarian involution, Vol. XXX, Viellla, 2020, pp. 93-124, ISSN 2385-2526.
  • “Sviluppo storico-politico della Corea del Nord: tra storia, realtà ed interpretazioni” (“North Korea historical and political development: between history, reality and interpretations”). In Nuova Informazione Bibliografica, Vol. 2/2019, Il Mulino, 2019, ISSN 1824-0771.
  • “Korean Peninsula 2018: The calm after the storm”. In Asia Maior 2018 – Reacting to Donald Trump’s Challenge, Vol. XXIX, Viella, 2019, pp. 69-100, ISSN 2385-2526.
  • “The Evolution of the North Korean Nuclear Program: from Survival Strategy to Ideological Legitimization”. In On Korea: Academic Paper Series, Vol. 12, 2019, ISSN: 1937-9196.
  • “Securitizing Cooperation: Nuclear Politics and Inter-Korean Relations”. In North Korean Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2018, pp. 11-29, ISSN: 1551-2789‎.
  • “Korean Peninsula 2017: Searching for new balances”. In Asia Maior 2017 – Asia in the Waning Shadow of American Hegemony, Vol. XXVIII, Viella, 2018, pp. 29-58, ISSN 2385-2526.
  • “L’evoluzione dei rapporti fra Cina e penisola coreana nell’era di Xi Jinping” (“The evolution of the relationship between China and the Korean peninsula in the Xi Jinping era”, in Italian). In Geopolitica, Vol. 6, No. 1, January-June 2017, ISBN: 9788868129125.
  • “The Role of the Korean Peninsula in the Integration Processes in East Asia”. In Asia-Pacific: a New Center of Global Politics and World Economy?, Global Development, Issue 17 (in Russian), Moscow, IMEMO, 2017, pp.18-30, ISBN: 978-5-9535-0499-7.
  • “Korean Peninsula 2016: the never-ending crisis”. In Asia Maior 2016 – The end of the Obama era in Asia, Vol. XXVII, Viella, 2017, ISSN 2385-2526.
  • “Playing hide-and-seek: Pak Kŭn-hye’sTrustpolitik in distress”, (with Antonio Fiori). In Hangukhak charyo– Korean Studies Series, Vol. 2, ARACNE, 2017, ISBN 978-88-255-0043-1.
  • “L’Italia e le due Coree, il triangolo possibile” (“Italy and the two Koreas, the possible triangle”, in Italian). In Limes – La Corea è una bomba, Vol. 12, 2016, ISSN: 2465-1494.
  • “Korean Peninsula 2015: one step forward and two steps back”, (with Barbara Onnis). In Asia Maior 2015 – The Chinese-American Race for Hegemony in Asia, Vol. XXVI, Viella, 2016, ISSN 2385-2526.
  • “Penisola Coreana 2014: ombre all’interno e luci all’esterno” (“Korean Peninsula 2014: domestic ‘shadows’ and external ‘lights’”, in Italian), (with Barbara Onnis). In Asia Maior 2014 – Engaging China/Containing China, Vol. XXV, I Libri di Emil, 2015, ISSN: 2385-2526.
  • “La Penisola Coreana: tra facce nuove e un continuo déjà-vu” (“The Korean Peninsula: between new faces and an endless déjà-vu”, in Italian), (with Barbara Onnis). In Asia Maior 2013 - Il drago cinese e l’aquila americana sullo scacchiere asiatico, I Libri di Emil, 2014, ISBN: 97-88-86680-094-1

 

BOOK CHAPTERS:

  • “La trasformazione dell’industria cinematografica coreana: origini e sviluppo di un grande successo” (“The transformation of the Korean film industry: origins and development of a great success”, in Italian). In M. Cucco and G. Richeri (eds.), Le Industrie del Cinema: Un confronto internazionale (Film Industries: an international comparison), Mimesis, 2022. Forthcoming.
  • “The New Challenges of Transnational Security in Twenty-First-Century East Asia: The Case of North Korea”. In K. Cawley and J. Schneider (eds.), Transnational East Asia Studies, Liverpool University Press, pp. 271-286, 2022. Forthcoming.
  • “Europe and Inter-Korean Relations” (with Antonio Fiori). In Nicola Casarini, Antonio Fiori, Nam-Kook Kim, Jae-Seung Lee and Ramon Pacheco Pardo (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Europe-Korea Relations, Routledge, 2021. ISBN: 9781138589865.
  • “South Korea’s role as an emerging Middle Power amongst security concerns” (with Federica de Pantz). In G. Giacomello and J. A. Verbeek (eds.), Middle Powers in Europe and Asia, Lexington Books, 2020. ISBN: 978-1-7936-0564-1.
  • “La rivoluzione sulla penisola coreana: influenza sovietica e dinamiche autoctone” (“The revolution on the Korean peninsula: Soviet influence and indigenous dynamics”). In F. Randazzo (ed.), Rivoluzioni e guerre civili. Studi internazionali sull’Eurasia dalla tarda età moderna alla fine del Novecento, Vol. II, Libellula, 2018, ISBN: 978–88–67354–20-7.
  • “Progressive and conservative visions of inter-Korean relations”. In M. Milani, M. Dian and A. Fiori (eds.), The Korean Paradox: Domestic Political Divide and Foreign Policy in South Korea, Routledge, Abingdon, 2019. ISBN: 978-1-138-54240-2.
  • “South Korea’s foreign policy after the Cold War and the emergence of the ‘Asian paradox’” (with Antonio Fiori). In M. Milani, M. Dian and A. Fiori (eds.), The Korean Paradox: Domestic Political Divide and Foreign Policy in South Korea, Routledge, Abingdon, 2019. ISBN: 978-1-138-54240-2.
  • “L’evoluzione storica delle relazioni inter-coreane, dal 1948 ai giorni nostri” (“The historical evolution of inter-Korean relations, from 1948 to today”, in Italian). In A. Berkofski and A. Fiori (eds.), Enigma Corea del Nord: Storia e segreti di un nuova potenza atomica, Mondadori, 2017, ISBN 978-88-04-68137-3.

 

BOOK REVIEWS:

  • “South Korea’s Foreign Policy and its Tensions”, book review of “South Korea at the crossroads: autonomy and alliance in an era of rival powers” by Scott Snyder, New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. In The International Spectator, Vol. 55 (1), 2020, ISSN: 0393-2729.
  • “Corea, la guerra dimenticata”, by Gastone Breccia, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2019. In Ricerche di Storia Politica, Vol. XXIII (1), 2020, ISSN: 1120-9526.
  • “North Korea and Northeast Asia Regional Security”, edited by Simon Shen, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2015. In North Korean Review, Vol. 11 (2), 2015, ISSN: 1551-2789.
  • “The Chinese challenge to the Western order”, edited by Antonio Fiori and Matteo Dian. In Comparative Politics, No. 3 (17), 2014, ISSN: 2221-3279.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

  • “Inter-Korean relations in the era of Kim Jong Un”, in ISPI Dossier - North Korea under Kim Jong Un: a Ten-Year Assessment, 21 December 2021, https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/inter-korean-relations-era-kim-jong-un-32742.
  • “North Korea Won’t Be a Huge Priority for a Joe Biden Presidency”, in The National Interest, August 24, 2020, https://nationalinterest.org/blog/korea-watch/north-korea-wont-be-huge-priority-joe-biden-presidency-167579.
  • “The Politics of Nudging North Korea Towards a Nuclear Agreement”, in The National Interest, May 18, 2020, [https://nationalinterest.org/blog/korea-watch/politics-nudging-north-korea-towards-nuclear-agreement-155606].
  • “Halfway through his presidency, Moon must rethink his inter-Korean strategy”, in NK News, December 1, 2019, [https://www.nknews.org/2019/12/halfway-through-his-presidency-moon-must-rethink-his-inter-korean-strategy/?t=1575256857062].
  • “Progress on a Nuclear-Free North Korea Stalled, Not Halted”, in AsiaGlobal Online, March 14, 2019, [https://bit.ly/2pjETPW].
  • “Shinzo Abe’s legacy building in the age of the new-look North Korea”, in NK News, February 21, 2019, [https://www.nknews.org/2019/02/shinzo-abes-legacy-building-in-the-age-of-the-new-look-north-korea/].
  • “North Korea: busting common myths”, (with Markus Bell), in Geographical, March 16, 2018, [http://geographical.co.uk/opinion/item/2660-north-korea-busting-common-myths].
  • “North Korea’s Olympic Charm Offensive”, (with Markus Bell), in The Globe Post, January 25, 2018, [http://www.theglobepost.com/2018/01/25/north-korea-olympic-games/] .
  • “South Korea’s president is getting his North Korea policy badly wrong”, (with Markus Bell), in The Conversation, August 1, 2017, [https://theconversation.com/south-koreas-president-is-getting-his-north-korea-policy-badly-wrong-81047].
  • “Four challenges for Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president”,(with Markus Bell), in The Conversation, May 9, 2017, [https://theconversation.com/four-challenges-for-moon-jae-in-south-koreas-new-president-77422].
  • “South Korea’s next president faces a belligerent north and a confused US”,(with Markus Bell), in The Conversation, May 4, 2017, [https://theconversation.com/south-koreas-next-president-faces-a-belligerent-north-and-a-confused-us-77126].
  • “Missili e Atomi: nessun freno agli arsenali di Kim”, in ISPI Dossier – Corea del Nord: un problema per tutti, March 16, 2017, [http://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/nessun-freno-allarsenale-missilistico-e-nucleare-nordcoreano-16453].
  • “Time for South Korea to beef up the role of the prime minister”,(with Markus Bell), in The Conversation, March 15, 2017, [https://theconversation.com/time-for-south-korea-to-beef-up-the-role-of-the-prime-minister-74391].
  • “Why Donald Trump Is the One Leader Who Can Stop North Korea”, (with Markus Bell), in Fortune Magazine, February 21, 2017, [http://fortune.com/2017/02/21/donald-trump-nuclear-north-korea/].
  • “Should we really be afraid of a Nuclear North Korea?”, (with Markus Bell), in The Conversation, February 6, 2017, [https://theconversation.com/should-we-really-be-so-afraid-of-a-nuclear-north-korea-71855].
  • “Passaggio a Nord-Est: la Russia torna in Asia”, in La Russia di Sochi: Giochi Olimpici, Caucaso e Geopolitica, iMerica, 2014, ISBN: 978-88-909639-2-6.

 

INVITED AND SPECIAL LECTURES:

  • “The Evolution of South Korea’s Foreign Policy: Amongst external and domestic constraints”, 2022 IKSU Korean Studies Summer School, 20 June 2022.
  • “A Split Peninsula: Inter-Korean relations and Great Power rivalry”, Seminar at the Department of Asian and North African Studies - Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy, 15 October 2021.
  • “Northern Policy: Park Geun-hye’s Trustpolitik and the Korean Paradox”, EPEL Guest Seminar, Ruhr-University Bochum. 15 June 2021.
  • “Inter-Korean Relations in the Era of Great Power Rivalry”, Roundtable – New Opportunities and Challenges in the Era of the Biden Administration, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Rome, Marriott Hotel, Rome, 26 February 2021.
  • “The Korean Peninsula and the Great Powers”, Special Lecture at the University of Cagliari, Faculty of Economics, Law and Political Science, Cagliari, Italy, 26-27 March 2019.
  • “The party-political dimension of foreign policymaking in South Korea”,The School of East Asian Studies Public Lecture, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, 4 December 2018.
  • “North Korea’s Nuclear Identity: Why Pyongyang Wants Nuclear Weapons and How It Matters for Diplomacy”,The Korea Economic Institute of America’s Academic Paper Series, Washington DC, USA, 7 June 2018.
  • “Trump’s Foreign Policy: One Year Later”, The Dornsife Task Force for Global and Political Studies, Los Angeles, USA, 7 February 2018.
  • “Endgame in Pyongyang: The U.S., China, and the Geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula”, Special Lecture, Richard Nixon Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, USA, 25 October 2017.
  • “The Deterrent Game with North Korea”, RFA Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, 8 September 2017.
  • “The role of the Korean Peninsula in the integration processes of East Asia”, in Integration and Disintegration Processes in the World Economy and Politics, IMEMO - Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation, 11 November 2015.
  • “The Inter-Korean relations: history, theory and challenges”, Special Lecture at the University of Cagliari, Faculty of Economic, Law and Political Science, Cagliari, Italy, 18-19 March 2014.
  • “Integration and Peace process: Helsinki, EU and Korea”, in IPUS Lunch Seminar, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 17 April 2013.

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS:

  • “European Engagement towards Pyongyang: The development of diplomatic relations between Western Europe and North Korea at the beginning of the 2000s” (in Italian), in Annual Conference of the Italian Society of International History, Siena, Italy, 7-8 July 2022.
  • “The role of South Korea amidst US-China competition”, US-China competition, COVID-19, and democratic backsliding in Asia: Implications for Europe, European University Institute, Firenze, Italy, 28 September 2021.
  • “The Use of Culture and Cultural Products in Inter-Korean Relations”,2021 IKSU Annual International Conference: Exploring Landscape of K-Culture and Changes in Society: Past, Present and Future, organized by the University of Central Lancashire, 26-27 April 2021.
  • “North Korea and the Non-Aligned Movement: History, Development and Prospects”, The Rise of Asia in Global History and Perspective, 11 February 2021.
  • “South Korea’s Soft Power and Inter-Korean Relations”, with Antonio Fiori (University of Bologna), 2021 Social Sciences Korean Studies European Network (SoKEN) Conference, organized by the University of Edinburgh, 29 January 2021.
  • “The prospects for participatory foreign policy in South Korea”, with Francesca Frassineti (University of Bologna), 2019 Social Sciences Korean Studies European Network (SoKEN) Workshop, Preston, UK, 1-2 November 2019.
  • “The evolution of ideology in North Korea”, North American Korean Philosophy Association Annual Conference 2019, Cork, Ireland, 10-11 October 2019.
  • “The domestic construction of North Korea’s identity in foreign policy”, with Federico Solfrini (University of St. Andrews), in The World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2019, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 24-26 June 2019.
  • “Soft power or hard threat? The influence of South Korea’s cultural production on North Korea and inter-Korean relations”, with Antonio Fiori (University of Bologna), in Media Mutations 11, Bologna, Italy, 20-21 May 2019.
  • “South Korea’s ‘foreign policy dilemma’ and Moon Jae-in’s newold-policy”, in 29th AKSE Conference, Rome, Italy, 11-14 April 2019.
  • “Solving the ‘South Korean dilemma’: Moon Jae-in new-old policy toward the United States and North Korea”, in 11th Conference of the Italian Standing Group on International Relations, Bologna, Italy, 12-13 October 2018.
  • “The impact of ideology and party-politics on the national role conceptions: the case of South Korea”, in ISA Annual Convention 2018, San Francisco, USA, 4-7 April 2018.“The Unexpected Consequences of South Korea’s use of Culture in Foreign Policy”, in AAS Annual Conference, Washington D.C., USA, 22-25 March 2018.
  • China-Koreas: ‘responsible great power’ or ‘paper tiger’?, with Barbara Onnis (University of Cagliari), in 6thConference of the Italian Society of International History, Pisa, Italy, 29-30 June 2017.
  • “Securitizing Cooperation: Nuclear Politics and Inter-Korean Relations”, in AAS-in-Asia Conference, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 24-27 June 2017.
  • “What’s in a word? Trustpolitik: Assessing Park Geun-hye’s inter-Korean policy”, in The World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2017, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 22-24 June 2017.
  • “South Korea ad an emerging Middle Power among Security Concerns”, with Federica de Pantz (University of Warwick), in ISA International Conference 2017, Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 15-17 June 2017.
  • The domestic political divide and South Korean foreign policy after 2007: the Role Theory approach, with Federica de Pantz (University of Warwick), in CEEISA-ISA 2016 Joint International Conference, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23-25 June 2016.
  • More than just a port: the transformations of Busan, in search of a new identity, in Global Cities and Urban Studies: Korea in comparative perspective, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 16-18 June 2016.Sport as an instrument for cultural diplomacy in South Korea, 1988-2018, in 5th Conference of the Italian Society of International History, Forlì, Italy, 3-4 June 2016.
  • The consequences of the end of the Cold War on the Korean Peninsula, in 4th Conference of the Italian Society of International History, Padova, Italy, 5-6 June 2015.
  • “Building Trust on the Korean peninsula: lessons from Europe”, in 6th International Conference on Slavic Eurasian Studies Building Eurasian Cooperation: dynamics and tasks, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 27-28 June 2014.
  • “And yet it moves: inter-Korean relations under the new leadership”, in 10th Lodz East Asia Meeting Central Europe and East Asia, Lodz, Poland, 5-6 June 2014.
  • “The North Korea issue and the security regime in East Asia”, in XXVII Meeting of the Italian Society of Political Science Ripe for rivalry? Peace, power and order in East Asia, Firenze, Italy, 13 September 2013.
  • “Following the paths of the Cold War: deep changes on the Korean peninsula from the Seventies”, in 4th Coffee Break Conference The question of power in Asia: multipolarity and regional competition from the Seventies, Torino, Italy, 7 September 2013.
  • “Everything changes so that everything stays the same: North Korea and the security complex of East Asia”, in 9thLodz East Asia Meeting Central Europe and East Asia, Lodz, Poland, 6-7 June 2013.
  • “Positive Engagement as a path toward Peacebuilding: North Korean Case”, in Challenges of Peacebuilding in Authoritarian States, IPUS HK International Symposium, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 25 March 2013.

 

AFFILIATIONS:

AAS – Association for Asian Studies

AKSE – Association for Korean Studies in Europe

ISA – International Studies Association

SISI – Italian Society of International History

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