James Edward Hoare

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme


Jim Hoare has been an Associate Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Programme since 2014. After retiring from HM Diplomatic Service in 2003, he was a Senior Teaching Fellow in Korean Studies at SOAS University of London from 2003-4 and from 2008-2014.

He joined the Diplomatic Service as a Research Analyst in 1969, reaching the rank of Research Counsellor. He served in Seoul and Beijing. His last post was as charge d’affaires in Pyongyang, where he established the British Embassy.

He has written widely on China, Japan and Korea. Since retiring he has been a frequent commentator on radio and television in Britain and abroad, usually on Korean issues.

He has a BA and a PhD from the University of London.

Past experience

2003-14 Senior Teaching Fellow/Hon. Research Associate, School of Otiental and African Studies, University of London
1969-2003 Research HM Diplomatic Service. Served in Seoul (1981-85), Beijing  (1988-91) and Pyongyang (2001-2002).