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North Korea at First Hand: Experiences of a British Diplomat’

19 January, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dr James Hoare was a member of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Research Analysts from 1969 to 2003, working mainly on China, Japan and the Korean peninsula. He was posted to Seoul (1981-85) and Beijing (1988-91). From 2001-2002, he was the first British representative to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, where he opened the British Embassy in Pyongyang. Since his retirement, he has been a writer and broadcaster, mostly about North Korea. He is Research Associate of the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London, where from 2010–14, he established and taught a course on North Korea since 1945. He is also an Associate Fellow, Asia Programme at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs). He is a past president of the British Association for Korean Studies and of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. He holds PhD in Japanese history from SOAS and has produced several books, including an Historical Dictionary of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea ( Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012. Other works include North Korea in the 21st Century: An Interpretative Guide (Folkestone: Global Oriental, 2005), A Political and Economic Dictionary of East Asia (London and New York: Routledge, 2005), both co-authored with his wife, Susan Pares, and Culture Smart! Korea, (London: Kuperard, 2005). He was one of the four editors of, and a contributor to the Korea Yearbook, published by Brill from 2007 to 2013. His latest work, Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Korea appeared in June 2015. He lives in London.


19 January, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Keynes Lecture Hall, King’s College