Associate Fellow of the Asia Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs
Dr James Hoare is an Chatham House, and a Research Associate of the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London, where he obtained his PhD in Japanese history in 1971. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1969, and worked mainly on China, Japan and the Korean peninsula and served in the British Embassies in Seoul and Beijing. In 2001-2002, he was the first British representative in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Since retirement in 2003, he has been a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is the author or co–author of several books on East Asia, including Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Korea; Critical Readings on North and South Korea; Historical Dictionary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; North Korea in the 21st Century: An Interpretative Guide; A Political and Economic Dictionary of East Asia; Conflict in Korea: An Encyclopedia; Embassies in the East: The Story of the British and their Embassies in China, Japan and Korea, 1859 to the Present; Japan’s Treaty Ports and Foreign Settlements: The Uninvited Guests; and Korea: An Introduction.
In 2013, he gave the first Yun Posun Memorial Lecture at the University of Edinburgh.