Past eventResearch Event

Two Koreas, Four Crises?

17 October 2008 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Chatham House, London


Speaker: Aidan Foster Carter

Chair: Dr Jim Hoare, Chargé d'Affaires, British Embassy in Pyongyang, DPRK (2001-2003)



For North Korea the nuclear and succession issues have both made headlines recently. In South Korea the new administration has lost public support and faces a worsening economic outlook. Sixty years on from the founding of today's two Korean states, Korea's immediate future has rarely looked so uncertain. This talk will attempt to clarify the issues currently facing the peninsula.

Aidan Foster-Carter has followed Korean affairs for 40 years. He has taught sociology at the Universities of Hull, Dar-es-Salaam and Leeds from 1971 to 1997. Since 1997 he has become a full-time Korea analyst and consultant writing, lecturing and broadcasting for academic, business and policy audiences in the UK and worldwide. He writes regularly on Korea for, among others; the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Oxford Analytica, Asia Intelligence, IDEAglobal, NewNations and Comparative Connections. From 1993-97 he authored a monthly North Korea Report for business, published in Seoul; and from 2000-05 a 'Pyongyang Watch' column for Asia Times Online. Books include Korea's Coming Reunification (1992) and North Korea after Kim Il-sung (1994; both EIU).