Thursday, September 29th

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The conference will also be available in streaming

In the Med (and the world)

The return of geography and history has fatally led to that of war between States. For Italy locked between Europe and the Mediterranean there is not only Russia-Ukraine, but Libya, Syria and its surroundings, the growing tension between Algeria and Morocco, all of which concern us directly. An upheaval equal to that of 1989-91 is certainly underway, perhaps more radical as it calls into question balances and situations that date back even three centuries ago. A crisis has opened for Italy that for now does not reveal opportunities, only urgent risks. Seen from today, our pre-February 24th position appears stable with a negative outlook. Now the stability is gone. Our authority in the Mediterranean is close to historical lows, even considering the raft of natural gas purchases, just as the center of gravity of NATO (and the EU) moves north and east. 62% of imports and 95% of raw materials continue to arrive from maritime traffic, with energy ones growing further, as well as representing the vehicle for 50% of exports. But we still depend on Europe for its markets and for the functioning of our companies integrated in the value chains that belong to European countries. And for national extra-budget funding, such as the PNRR. The balance between European Italy and Mediterranean Italy becomes increasingly difficult because both sides need more resources and more
attention and political capital. Above all, we can no longer afford to waver between the Alps and the sea. In a scenario that will still be more dangerous and that (re) discovers Cold War supply-chain solutions.


  • The post-February 24th world
  • Hard power in Europe and the Mediterranean
  • Commodity routes and their carriers
  • Regionalization and friendshoring, not the same thing
  • The south shore, who will stop the disintegration
  • Post- soft power China
  • Shipping in and through the Mediterranean
  • Transshipment in the Mediterranean, a business for the very few


Paolo Quercia, Editor-in-chief, GeoTrade and Professor, Università di Perugia

Institutional speech
Adm. Giacinto Sciandra, Logistics Command, Marina Militare Italiana

Adm. Pietro Giuseppe Vella, Maritime Director, Campania and Commander, Porto di Napoli 

The post-24/2 world
Dario Fabbri, Editor-in-chief, Domino

Regionalization and friendshoring, not the same things     
Cristina Pensa, Economist, Centro Studi Confindustria 

Hard Power in Europe and the Mediterranean Sea: military capabilities and technologies
Alessandro Marrone, Head of “Defense” Program, IAI

The southern shore, who will stop disintegration?
Giuseppe Manna, Geopolitical analyst, Storie D’Oltremare

The routes of raw materials and the role of maritime transportation in an uncertain future   
Ennio Cascetta, Professor, Universitas Mercatorum and President, Cluster Tecnologico Nazionale Trasporti 

Geopolitics in a company: a further variable for the management of complex systems
Enrico Vergani, Partner, BonelliErede


Panel: How stakeholders see Italy’s position today

Umberto Masucci, President, The International Propeller Club


Rodolfo Giampieri, President, Assoporti
Alberto Rossi, General Secretary, Assarmatori
Alessandro Santi, President, Federagenti
Alessandro Pitto, President, Fedespedi
Domenico de Crescenzo, Coordinator, Confetra Mezzogiorno and Vice President, Fedespedi
Luca Becce, President, Assiterminal
Luca Sisto, General Director, Confitarma