May 12, 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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In her own write: Kim Yo Jong makes her mark
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In her own write: Kim Yo Jong makes her mark

Kim Jong Un’s sister is now issuing her own commentaries in DPRK media. Is she being groomed as a potential successor?

In her own write: Kim Yo Jong makes her mark
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter March 31, 2020
What to expect next at Mount Kumgang after the coronavirus delay
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What to expect next at Mount Kumgang after the coronavirus delay

The Wuhan virus outbreak has only postponed demolition - it remains to be seen what Seoul can salvage from the dispute

What to expect next at Mount Kumgang after the coronavirus delay
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter February 7, 2020
The Chairman regrets: parsing Kim Jong Un’s Busan no-show
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The Chairman regrets: parsing Kim Jong Un’s Busan no-show

Pyongyang’s rebuff sounds almost polite, for a change. What’s going on?

The Chairman regrets: parsing Kim Jong Un’s Busan no-show
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter November 22, 2019
Party like it’s 1998: how South Korean tourism to Mount Kumgang got started
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Party like it’s 1998: how South Korean tourism to Mount Kumgang got started

The story of how South Korea's leading dissident and a chaebol tycoon launched the historic inter-Korean project

Party like it’s 1998: how South Korean tourism to Mount Kumgang got started
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter November 17, 2019
Two Korean mountain jaunts: near but worlds apart
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Two Korean mountain jaunts: near but worlds apart

A veteran North Korea watcher recalls two formative hikes he wrote about in the 1980s, on opposite sides of the DMZ

Two Korean mountain jaunts: near but worlds apart
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter October 31, 2019
Kim Jong Un’s Mount Kumgang bombshell: what’s at stake
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Kim Jong Un’s Mount Kumgang bombshell: what’s at stake

A lapsed tourist joint venture is suddenly a site of discord — here's how the North Korean leader put Seoul on the spot

Kim Jong Un’s Mount Kumgang bombshell: what’s at stake
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter October 28, 2019
“Peace Economics”: cure, or chimera?
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“Peace Economics”: cure, or chimera?

Unification has an economic upside, Moon says. But are his assumptions realistic?

“Peace Economics”: cure, or chimera?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter September 6, 2019
“Peace Economics”: is Moon Jae-in taking the peace?
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“Peace Economics”: is Moon Jae-in taking the peace?

The ROK President thinks the DPRK is a potential economic boon. He is not the first such optimist

“Peace Economics”: is Moon Jae-in taking the peace?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter September 3, 2019
Grist to Pyongyang’s mill: Tokyo’s trade war with Seoul
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Grist to Pyongyang’s mill: Tokyo’s trade war with Seoul

North Korea will seek to gain from the fallout created by the feuding allies

Grist to Pyongyang’s mill: Tokyo’s trade war with Seoul
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 24, 2019
Allies at odds: a new row roils South Korea and Japan
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Allies at odds: a new row roils South Korea and Japan

North Korea relishes its foes falling out. This time is epic, and ominous

Allies at odds: a new row roils South Korea and Japan
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 18, 2019
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