November 30, 2022

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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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By backing Russia in Donbas, Kim Jong Un trades self-reliance for puppetry
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By backing Russia in Donbas, Kim Jong Un trades self-reliance for puppetry

Recognizing pseudo-states marks radical shift for North Korea, but cuddling up to Moscow could make peninsula safer

By backing Russia in Donbas, Kim Jong Un trades self-reliance for puppetry
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter August 18, 2022
Op-ed: Latest raids on South Korean ministries more persecution than prosecution
KOREA PRO

Op-ed: Latest raids on South Korean ministries more persecution than prosecution

ROK prosecutors are targeting former government for personnel changes even as Yoon does same, corroding good governance

Op-ed: Latest raids on South Korean ministries more persecution than prosecution
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 29, 2022
Moon Jae-in sent two accused murderers back to North Korea. So what?

Moon Jae-in sent two accused murderers back to North Korea. So what?

Photos show one of the men resisted his repatriation, but the real story is Yoon Suk-yeol targeting his predecessor

Moon Jae-in sent two accused murderers back to North Korea. So what?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 14, 2022
Denuclearizing North Korea has failed. But we shouldn’t give up on arms control.

Denuclearizing North Korea has failed. But we shouldn’t give up on arms control.

Reassessing four decades of efforts to curb Pyongyang’s WMD program shows the need for new goals going forward

Denuclearizing North Korea has failed. But we shouldn’t give up on arms control.
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 21, 2022
Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.
COLUMN

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
COLUMN

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
COLUMN

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
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