Associate Fellow, Asia Programme
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Since retiring from HM Diplomatic Service in 2003, where his last post was establishing the British Embassy in North Korea, Dr J E (Jim) Hoare has pursued a second career as a broadcaster, writer and occasional teacher on East Asia. Much of his work concerns North Korea but he also has expertise on China and Japan. He has published several books, some with his wife, Susan Pares, also a former diplomat. He is a graduate of Queen Mary University of London (BA 1964) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (PhD 1971).


  • Diplomacy and diplomatic history
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • Japanese history since c. 1850
  • The two Koreas


2003-04, 08-09 and 10-14Senior Teaching Fellow in Korean Studies, SOAS, University of London
2001-02British chargé d’affaires and HM Consul-General, British Embassy, Pyongyang
1992-93On secondment as Research Associate, IISS, London
1988-91Head of Chancery and HM Consul-General, British Embassy, Beijing
1981-85Head of Chancery and HM Consul, British Embassy Seoul.
1969-2001Research Analyst HM Diplomatic Service – final rank was Research Counsellor
1964-71PhD student Oriental History SOAS, University of London
1961-64Undergraduate BA History Queen Mary College University of London
  • 'John Carey Hall 1844–1921: A career in the Japan and the Japan Consular Service'; 'John Frederick Lowder (1843–1902): Consul , Counsel and yaotai'; 'Sir Edward Crowe (1877–1960: Forgotten Star of the Japan Consular Service' in Hugh Cortazzi, ed. Britain and Japan Biographical Portraits Vol. X.  Folkestone, Kent: 2016.
  • Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Korea , Lanham MD: 2015.
  • Critical Readings on North and South Korea  3 vols. Leiden: 2013.
  • 'Korea, Taiwan and Manchuria: Britain’s Consular Service in the Japanese Empire 1993–1941', in Hugh Cortazzi, ed., Britain and Japan Biographical Portraits Vol. VIII, Leiden 2013, pp. 130–145.
  • Historical Dictionary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Lanham, MD., 2013.