September 27, 2023


Aidan Foster-Carter

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.


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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterNovember 30, 2020

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.

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterOctober 15, 2020

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterJuly 24, 2020

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterJune 29, 2020

Leaflets, schmeaflets: Pyongyang’s bogus pretext for escalating tensions

North Korea's purported motive for recent provocations doesn't stand up to scrutiny

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterJune 26, 2020

“Human scum, mongrel dog”: North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong talks dirty

Was the First Sister’s puzzling outburst over leaflet launches really worth trashing her burgeoning global brand for?

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterJune 5, 2020

Puppetry of the peninsula: the two Koreas and the pursuit of freedom

The use and abuse of the "puppet" insult in Korea flags up real issues. In a perilous world, what’s a small state to do?

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterMay 29, 2020

Why Kim Jong Un’s health is a very big deal

The latest flurry of speculation highlights a very real, but too often neglected, aspect of North Korea risk

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterApril 21, 2020

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?

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterMarch 31, 2020

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterFebruary 7, 2020
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