October 03, 2022


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.


The Chairman regrets: parsing Kim Jong Un’s Busan no-show

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterNovember 22, 2019

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterNovember 17, 2019

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterOctober 31, 2019

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterOctober 28, 2019

“Peace Economics”: cure, or chimera?

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterSeptember 6, 2019

“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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterSeptember 3, 2019

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterJuly 24, 2019

Allies at odds: a new row roils South Korea and Japan

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

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterJuly 18, 2019

Peace in Korea? So last year

2018’s diplomatic process has stalled, yet Trump and Moon are a duo in denial

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterJune 11, 2019

Castles in the air: North Korea’s delusional economic “strategy”

Juche science, halting reform, and investment from – Russia? You jest

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterMay 17, 2019
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