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.


Why North Korea’s cold-shouldering the South is unfair – and unwise

Kim Jong Un will likely regret biting the hand that fed, and led

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterApril 24, 2019

Deft diplomat: How Kim Jong Un tried to remake his international image

Seduce Seoul. Tempt Trump. Square China. Kim did it all, at Chollima speed

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterDecember 5, 2018

“Hermit” no more: a North Korea cliché and its pitfalls

Kim Jong Un wasn’t hiding, just biding his time – like his father before him

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterOctober 25, 2018

How the world misunderestimated Kim Jong Un

The latest Kim is a man with a plan - and it's working out just fine

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterOctober 8, 2018

A third North-South summit: what might it achieve?

Past Korean false dawns counsel against excess optimism, and window of opportunity may not last long

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterMarch 6, 2018

Pyongyang to Pyeongchang: playing non-Olympic games

As the games begin, it's worth handing out some prizes of our own

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterFebruary 9, 2018

Why the decision to drop Victor Cha has scary implications

The well-regarded scholar was not hawkish enough for Trump

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterFebruary 4, 2018

Whizzing to Oz? Australia in Kim Jong Un’s line of fire

Pyongyang’s latest bluster echoes unofficial threats it disowned a decade ago

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterOctober 24, 2017

Drawing a “red line” on North Korea: What’s the point?

First Trump, now Moon Jae-in - but such tough talk achieves little

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterAugust 18, 2017

Park “Gone”-hye: The pendulum in Seoul swings left

South Korea’s likely next leader wants to rebuild bridges to Pyongyang

Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-CarterMarch 15, 2017