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AIDAN FOSTER-CARTER: LECTURER ON KOREA

Lecturer was my job description for 26 years. Teaching on a daily basis went stale on me - but I enjoy it all the more now, as a nice change from communing with computers.

To lecturing - or seminars, conferences, panels, roundtables, focus groups, etc - I hope to bring the same qualities as in my written and other work. Namely: solid knowledge, frank opinions, clear presentation, and lively discussion. Jokes are extra (that is one).

Hence I'm always happy to consider invitations to speak:

  • on any Korean topic, especially current political and/or business issues
  • to any audience: academic, business, government, policy, NGO, school, etc
  • anywhere: in the UK, Europe, the US, Asia, or worldwide.
A fee is handy, as this is my living. But I love travel, so the fare may suffice. Try me.

Last year alone brought visits to Brussels, Berlin, Paris, Macau and Kyoto. So I can't and don't complain. But as Mae West said, too much of a good thing can be wonderful. For the future, I would especially welcome invitations to meetings or conferences in:

  • Korea! Once legion, these seem to have dried up. Was it something I said?
  • The US, especially policy think-tanks in Washington. Or anywhere.
  • Southern and eastern Europe (as a change from northern and western).
  • Australasia. Having twice had to cancel tours, I hope for third time lucky.
By way of illustration, here are some examples of recent or ongoing work of this kind:

Oxford Analytica. Korea panelist at annual business outlook conference since 1987
Royal College of Defence Studies. Annual lecture to senior officers from many lands
Kyoto. Conference on North Korea organized by Yasushi Akashi: annual since 1998
Seoul. Many talks in 20 visits and 20 years, to very varied audiences. See Brief Bio
EU. In 2001 alone, meetings in Brussels, Berlin, Paris and UK on policy on N Korea
Nordic/Baltic. Since 1996 3 talks in Stockholm, plus Bergen, Copenhagen, and Riga
Macau. IISS workshop on North Korea, Oct. 2001. Also talk for EIU in Hong Kong
Hawaii. Pair of CSIS-Pacific Forum conferences upcoming in April 2002
UK. In 2002: SOAS Jan, FCO Feb, LSE Mar, Cambridge Apr; had to decline others

Glad to be invited to talk on Korea, meetings, etc


AIDAN FOSTER CARTER: EXAMINER

Wearing an academic hat (if it still fits), I've been external examiner for a number of PhD/DPhil theses, mainly on Korea, at several universities including Oxford (4) and Cambridge (1). Also London (LSE, Wye), Hull (2), Sussex (2), and Sheffield (1); and further afield, in the Hague, Wageningen, Stockholm, and for - not in, alas - Brisbane.

This work is winding down, and if busy I decline it: much labour, little pay. Yet it can have intellectual rewards, like seeing what bright young Korean scholars are thinking. So if anyone still wants to invite me to serve in this capacity, I'd certainly consider it.