Inside North Korea

North Korea’s isolation and nuclear capabilities have become a prominent focus of international attention and US foreign policy, but information about the country remains very limited in the West. Dr Jim Hoare, who retired from the Diplomatic Service in January 2003, was in a unique position to learn about the country, since he established the British Embassy there in 2001. He has also served in South Korea (1981-1985) and in China (1988- 1991). He is now a consultant, and regularly broadcasts and writes about East Asia. He and his wife, Susan Pares, have just published ‘A Political and Economic Dictionary of East Asia’ (Routledge: 2005), and ‘North Korea in the 21st Century: A Critical Guide’, is due to
be published by Global Oriental shortly. He is the current President of the British Association for Korean Studies, and is an Honorary Research Associate at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and of the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield.