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EMPLOYERS: IN THEIR OWN WRITE

This page lists the main companies who are kind enough to employ me to write about Korea. It features their own summaries - in their own words, not mine - of what their businesses are about, plus links to their websites. (For more detail on what I do for these firms, click My employers. For samples of my writing for these and others, click Samples.)

Hearty thanks to all those listed for enabling me to earn a living this way. Please check out the services these good people offer, and sign up if you have the wherewithal! Though commercial firms, most offer samples or trial periods, etc. The last two listed have free and unfettered access.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (including Viewswire and Business Asia)

A passion for independence; a reputation for quality

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the world's leading provider of country intelligence. As you'd expect from part of the organisation that publishes The Economist newspaper, we guard our independence fiercely. Our only agenda is a determined pursuit of the truth in the service of our clients' needs. That means an unswerving commitment to clarity, accuracy and reliability.

The EIU operates unfettered by the concerns or influence of governments, commercial organisations or special-interest groups. We are not interested in rosy scenarios. Nor are we afraid of uncomfortable conclusions, if that is where our logic leads us. We simply provide the best, most dependable analysis of the countries we cover.

Our country intelligence draws on the best sources and a wealth of experience; we began producing research and analysis 55 years ago in London. Over that time we have built up a peerless global network of more than 500 analysts, editors and correspondents. This powerful combination underpins everything we produce, from global macroeconomic forecasts to political and economic analysis for almost 200 individual countries.

Link: www.eiu.com


Viewswire:

Our daily country analysis service. Two hundred articles a day cover 195 countries, providing an unrivalled and timely database of background information, analysis and forecasts.

Link: www.viewswire.com


Business Asia:

Business Asia provides you with the up-to-date intelligence you want on the commercial markets of Asia. It helps you identify commercial opportunities. And alerts you to structural weaknesses that still exist.

Based on rigorous research, and trusted by executives in a wide range of companies, Business Asia is the definitive fortnightly briefing on doing business in the region.


Oxford Analytica

Who we are:
Founded in 1975, Oxford Analytica is an international consulting firm which provides business and political leaders with timely analysis of worldwide political, economic and social developments.

Oxford Analytica acts as a bridge between the world of ideas and the world of enterprise. One of its major assets is an extensive international network which draws on the scholarship and expertise of over 1,000 senior members at Oxford and other leading universities around the world, as well as think-tanks and institutes of international standing.

Clients of Oxford Analytica are able to integrate the judgements drawn from this unparalleled resource into their own decision-making process.

Clients include multinational corporations, major banks, national governments and international institutions in more than 30 countries.

Strengths:
· Coherent knowledge base of exceptional quality and breadth
· Interdisciplinary team approach which utilises economists, international relations specialists, and political and social analysts.
· Detached and authoritative intelligence and judgement by scholars of independent reputation, experience and perspective.
· Timely consultation and interaction with an extraordinary network of scholars, specialists and study teams.
· Established credibility with a client base which encompasses the largest global banks and corporations, G7 governments and many international institutions.

Links: http://www.oxan.com/ ; www.internationalaffairs.com(free) ; www.oxweb.com (trial)


Enterprise LSE / IDEAglobal

I'm employed by Enterprise LSE to write about Korea for Asian Regional Markets, a daily newsletter published by IDEAglobal; also occasional consultancy. Separately, Fathom is an online educational resource in which LSE is a member institution.

Enterprise LSE was set up by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to enable and facilitate commercial application of its expertise and intellectual resources. A wholly owned subsidiary of the LSE, the company offers a professional interface with the academic community with a comprehensive range of project management and support capabilities. Enterprise LSE also develops a range of other commercial projects based on the fruits of academic research at the LSE.

Understanding the political and economic processes of a country or region is vital for any business operating in that market, whatever the sector. Enterprise LSE has built up three teams of leading experts to provide coverage of the important Asia Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe emerging markets for clients ranging from financial institutions to utilities and engineering companies. The teams provide insightful and well-informed analysis which is tailored to client needs and presented in a format that enables clients to make fast and effective decisions. Products already developed range from short (600 word) political risk assessments that react to events as they unfold, to in-depth strategic executive briefings and workshops. The Enterprise LSE Emerging Markets Teams operate to the highest standards of quality that you would expect from an academic institution with the global reputation of the LSE. Each team is led by a senior member of the LSE faculty and has a dedicated Enterprise LSE co-ordinator/ manager.

Link:www.enterprise-lse.co.uk and try /markets.htm


Fathom

The premier destination for authenticated knowledge and online learning. Fathom's member institutions present their immense wealth of knowledge across every area of interest-from business to global affairs, from arts to technology.

Link: www.fathom.com


About IDEAglobal

DEAglobal's focus is to provide independent, forward-looking actionable research on the global financial markets twenty-four hours a day. We currently have over 130 analysts, located in New York, Miami, Dallas, London and Singapore, contributing to 22 separate subscription-based products, delivered via proprietary networks, facsimile, internet, and wireless. Currently, we produce on average 2000 pieces of original analysis per day. The hallmark of our actionable analysis is strategic thinking and detailed forecasts. IDEAglobal is a valued source of market intelligence with an 11-year track record of offering insightful financial analysis.

Links: www.ideaglobal.com; www.ideafax.com


Asia Intelligence Ltd (AsiaInt)

Asia Intelligence Ltd is the premier online source for economic, political, and strategic intelligence on Asia. With a pedigree dating back to 1934, AsiaInt is a "can't miss" resource for all professionals with business, economic, investment, diplomatic, and/or political interests in the world's most-dynamic and strategic region.

AsiaInt operates at the cutting edge of intelligence gathering, analysis, and dissemination. But it also shares a remarkable 67-year pedigree that distinguishes it from so many of today's "here today gone tomorrow" research groups. AsiaInt is part of the QS Information Service, founded in London in 1934 to provide economic and strategic intelligence for international companies in the turbulent years leading up to World War II.

Asia Intelligence Ltd provides government and private-sector clients with the best possible economic, investment, political, and strategic intelligence on one of the world's most-complex regions - a region that combines over half the world's population with one-third of its economic output.

Link: http://www.asiaint.com/


MENAS Associates

The MENAS Group was established in 1978 to provide businesses, governments and other organizations with detailed, up-to-date and specialized political and economic analysis and advice.

MENAS is a privately owned British firm, which is totally independent of any political organization and has no ties or connections with any government or interest group. MENAS operates through a global network of consultants and associate offices that are predominantly based in the countries on which they report. Our associates are widely acknowledged as leading experts whose analysis is accurate, informative and frequently unavailable from other sources.

Originally founded by Middle East and North African specialists (hence the name), MENAS has broadened its geographical spread to cover the majority of non-OECD countries, including small islands and micro-states. MENAS is currently able to provide consultancy and business services covering the majority of Middle Eastern countries, most of Africa, Central Asia and the ASEAN economies, and the majority of South America, particularly the MERCOSUR member states.

Link: www.menas.co.uk


Europa Publications

a member of the Taylor and Francis group

I update North & South Korean history, foreign affairs, and inter-Korean relations, for their annual The Far East and Australasia.

For over seventy years, London based Europa Publications has published a unique series of regularly-revised reference books which cover every aspect of international affairs, politics, and economics around the globe.

Europa's highly-acclaimed reference works have earned an outstanding reputation for their accuracy and reliability and are used extensively by libraries, government departments, embassies, international organizations, academic institutions and businesses world-wide.

Links: www.europapublications.co.uk www.tandf.co.uk


Comparative Connections

An E-journal on East Asian bilateral relations

Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Pacific Forum CSIS is a non-profit, private, public policy research institute which operates as the Asia Pacific arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1975, the thrust of the Forum's work is to help stimulate cooperative policies in the Asia Pacific region through debate and analyses undertaken with the region's leaders in the academic, government, and corporate arenas. The Forum's programs encompass current and emerging political, security, economic/business, and ocean policy issues. It collaborates with a network of more than 30 research institutes around the Pacific Rim, drawing on Asian perspectives and disseminating its projects' findings and recommendations to opinion leaders, governments, and publics throughout the region.

Link: www.csis.org/pacfor/ccejournal.html

AFC's latest:

www.csis.org/pacfor/cc/0104Qnk_sk.html

AFC bio and pic:

http://www.csis.org/pacfor/cc/bioFosterCarter.html


Asia Times Online

Modestly lacking in self-description! Online daily newspaper, published in Bangkok.

My weekly Pyongyang Watch column is at:
www.atimes.com/koreas/koreas.html