Aidan Foster-Carter

Britain’s leading Korea-watcher, and also Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea, Leeds University 

Aidan Foster-Carter

Aidan Foster-Carter

Came to Korea in the 1970s, via development studies and juvenile Kimilsungism

In the 1980s set up Leeds University Korea Project, with Dr Judith Nordby; taught a course on modern Korean societies, and co-organized seminars and other events

Since 1983 has written on Korea for business and policy audiences, including the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Oxford Analytica, IDEAglobal, NewNations etc. Recently launched a new monthly Korea Focus, published by Menas Associates

Retired from Leeds University in 1997, to work full-time and freelance on Korea

Visited Korea over 20 times since 1982, including twice to North Korea

Invited lecturer on Korea in not only Seoul but the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Belgium and Latvia, as well as over 20 UK universities and think-tanks

Consulted on Korea by major global companies et al, including AIG, Allianz, BAE, BG, BHP, Caltex, Coca-Cola, EBRD, GIC, KLM, Rio Tinto, Shell, Unilever, etc

Regular broadcaster (radio and TV) for the BBC and many other stations worldwide

Met Kim Dae-jung 4 times, including 2 full days discussing unification in 1993

Hundreds of articles on Korea for EIU, Oxford Analytica, and others. Op-eds for the Financial Times, Wall St Journal, New York Times, Int. Herald Tribune, Guardian, Telegraph, Prospect, Asiaweek, Far Eastern Economic Review etc.

Two quasi-books for EIU: Korea’s Coming Reunification (1992); North Korea after Kim Il-sung (1994). Two dozen academic papers, book chapters etc on Korea, some translated into Korean

Examiner of PhD/DPhil theses on Korea at Oxford, Cambridge, et al; also overseas.

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