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Korea - Politics, Economy, Society: Editing Team

Rudiger Frank is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society and Vice Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Korea University and the University of North Korean Studies (Kyungnam University) in Seoul. He holds an M.A. in Korean Studies, Economics and International Relations and a Ph.D. in Economics. In 1991/1992, he spent one semester as a language student at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang and has been researching North Korea ever since. Visiting Professorships included Columbia University New York and Korea University Seoul. He is a Council member and for the 2011-2013 period the Secretary of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE). He is Deputy Chief Editor of the A-ranked European Journal of East Asian Studies, co-editor of the annual book “Korea: Politics, Economy and Society” (Brill), Member of the Editorial Board for the book series “Brill’s Korean Studies Library”, an Associate at “The Asia Pacific Journal”, Member of the Editorial Board of “Korea Review of International Studies”, Co-Founder and Member of the Editorial Board, “Vienna Graduate Journal of East Asian Studies” and “Vienna Studies on East Asia”. His major research fields are socialist transformation in East Asia and Europe (with a focus on North Korea), state-business relations in East Asia, and regional integration in East Asia. His most recent books are: (with S. Burghart, eds.) “Driving Forces of Socialist Transformation: North Korea and the Experience of Europe and East Asia” (Vienna: Praesens 2010) and (ed.): “Exploring North Korean Arts” (Nuremberg: Verlag fuer Moderne Kunst). Prof. Frank is regularly consulted by governments, media and businesses on North Korea and East Asia. Most recently, this included consultancy work and a background policy paper for The Elders in preparation for the visit by President Martti Ahtisaari, Prime Minister Gro Brundtland, President Jimmy Carter and President Mary Robinson to the Korean Peninsula and China. In June 2011, he joined the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Korea

Email: ruediger.frank@univie.ac.at

James E. Hoare graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1964 and obtained a PhD in Japanese history from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 1971. He joined the Research and Analysis Department of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1969, and worked mainly on China, Japan and the Korean peninsula. He served in the British Embassies in Seoul (1981-1985) and Beijing (1988-1991), and in 2001-2002, he was the first British representative in Pyongyang, DPRK. He was a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in 1992-1993. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at SOAS.

                           Email: jimhoare64@aol.co.uk


Patrick Köllner is Acting Director of the Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. He holds a PhD and a Habilitation in Political Science. Between 1996 and 2006 he was sole editor of the German-language Korea Yearbook. His research focuses on Japanese and Korean Politics and Political Parties more generally. Recent publications include a country study on South and North Korea (Südkorea und Nordkorea, co-edited with Thomas Kern, Campus 2005), a comparative volume on factionalism in political parties (Innerparteiliche Machtgruppen, co-edited with Matthias Basedau and Gero Erdmann, Campus 2006), and a monograph on the organisation of Japanese political parties (Die Organisation japanischer Parteien, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies 2006).

                            Email: koellner@giga-hamburg.de  


Susan Pares has worked in the Research Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and, since 1987, as an editor and writer in East Asian subjects. She edited Asian Affairs, 1997-2001, and between 2000 and 2007 the Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies. She served in the British Embassy in Beijing, 1975-1976, and accompanied her husband, James E. Hoare, on postings to Seoul (1981-1985), Beijing (1988-1991), and Pyongyang (2001-2002). She is co-author of several books dealing with East Asian and specifically Korean affairs. The most recent is North Korea in the 21st Century: An Interpretative Guide.

                            Email: spares@myway.com 


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