December 07, 2021

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Aidan Foster-Carter

Aidan Foster-Carter is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University in England. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he taught sociology at the Universities of Hull, Dar es Salaam and Leeds from 1971 to 1997. Having followed Korean affairs since 1968, since 1997 he has been a full-time analyst and consultant on Korea: writing, lecturing and broadcasting for academic, business and policy audiences in the UK and worldwide.

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Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.
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Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.

We should take the DPRK seriously. But Kim Jong Un is not about to invade the South — much less infiltrate or conquer it

Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter September 22, 2021
In diplomacy with North Korea, Moon Jae-in dances alone
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In diplomacy with North Korea, Moon Jae-in dances alone

A Japanese diplomat’s vulgar metaphor pinpoints an awkward truth: South Korean diplomacy is painfully one-sided

In diplomacy with North Korea, Moon Jae-in dances alone
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 28, 2021
Unhappy anniversary: Recalling the June 2000 inter-Korean summit
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Unhappy anniversary: Recalling the June 2000 inter-Korean summit

21 years ago, the two Koreas made history — or so it seemed. What went wrong?

Unhappy anniversary: Recalling the June 2000 inter-Korean summit
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 15, 2021
Time is on their side: Thinking long-term about North Korea
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Time is on their side: Thinking long-term about North Korea

How can Kim Jong Un trust Seoul to keep its promises when the president resets every five years?

Time is on their side: Thinking long-term about North Korea
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 1, 2021
Is South Korea finally losing its patience with the North?
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Is South Korea finally losing its patience with the North?

South Korean foreign minister Chung Eui-yong had some harsh words for North Korea recently

Is South Korea finally losing its patience with the North?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter April 28, 2021
North Korea’s increasing reliance on China is a dangerous move for Kim Jong Un
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North Korea’s increasing reliance on China is a dangerous move for Kim Jong Un

Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il skilfully balanced themselves between rival powers, but Kim Jong Un now leans on just one

North Korea’s increasing reliance on China is a dangerous move for Kim Jong Un
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter March 1, 2021
With Biden in office, South Korea shouldn’t be the US and North Korea’s mediator
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With Biden in office, South Korea shouldn’t be the US and North Korea’s mediator

Seductive to some, the idea of South Korea as a go-between is deeply flawed

With Biden in office, South Korea shouldn’t be the US and North Korea’s mediator
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter November 30, 2020
Column: At least Moon Jae-in’s North Korea policy is consistent
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Column: At least Moon Jae-in’s North Korea policy is consistent

Moon’s stance is crystal clear. South Korea’s conservative leaders, on the other hand, were zigzaggers.

Column: At least Moon Jae-in’s North Korea policy is consistent
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter October 15, 2020
Kim’s construction project woes reflect his poor economic planning
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Kim’s construction project woes reflect his poor economic planning

The Supreme Leader is now scapegoating others for failing to meet his latest hospital project's unrealistic deadlines

Kim’s construction project woes reflect his poor economic planning
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 24, 2020
Dialling up the volume: what is the Kims’ game?
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Dialling up the volume: what is the Kims’ game?

North Korean rhetoric is just like a guitar solo: full of sound and fury, yet ultimately dreary and self-indulgent

Dialling up the volume: what is the Kims’ game?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 29, 2020
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