Current Developments in North Korea – Aidan Foster-Carter

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A major source of instability in the region, North Korea is a considerable cause of concern for successive Japanese and other regional governments. Normal diplomatic practices and relations do not seem to apply; the leader is young and inexperienced (although with some education outside Korea) and those around him are unlikely to challenge his decisions. The regime is unpredictable and the economy weak and yet the military is relatively well armed and has some nuclear capability. An understanding of North Korea, its leadership and unpredictabilities is important for us all. Aidan Foster-Carter will seek to explain the motivations of the Government in Pyongyang, outline the dilemmas of dealing with it, and predict scenarios for North Korea’s future.

Aidan Foster-Carter is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University and is one of this country’s leading authorities on North Korea, which he has followed for 45 years.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 7828 6330 or email

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2013, 12.00 for 12.30pm
Venue: JETRO MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6AL
Fee: £12 for members of Japan Society & JCCI and those introduced by JETRO / £18 for non members (please send payment with booking)
Booking deadline: Monday 30 September

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