Institute for Corean-American Studies
Aidan Foster-Carter is honorary senior research fellow in sociology and modern Korea at Leeds University, UK. He has
followed Korean affairs for over 30 years, starting (embarrassingly) as a young fan of Kim Il-sung. Educated at Eton and
Balliol College, Oxford, he taught sociology at the Universities of Hull, Dar es Salaam, and Leeds from 1971 to 1993. An
early general interest in developing countries focussed into an obsession with Korea in particular. Since 1993 he has been
a full-time Korea analyst, writing regularly for (amongst others) the Economist Intelligence Unit and Oxford
Analytica. His books include two EIU Special Reports: Korea's Coming Reunification: Another East Asian Superpower?
(1992), and North Korea after Kim Il-sung: Controlled Collapse? (1994). From 1993 to 1997 he wrote a monthly North
Korea Report for business, published in Seoul. He broadcasts and consults widely on Korea, and has made over 20 visits to
the peninsula - including two to North Korea. His ambition, which has suddenly got likelier, is to travel by train from
Pusan to Paris.
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