Just lately

Does everyone who builds a website find it gets repetitive? That’s¬†hyperlinks for you. I fear I wax boring on the subject of my work: sorry. (Just wait till I get going on Life.)

So to recap and summarize. What I do is told on this site in various shapes, forms, and degrees of detail. Two summaries are in Overview, and so hire me! Brief Bio is a bit longer, and has more examples. For further detail, you have several choices:

by category: click on

Yet another way in is to take a snapshot at a particular time. How’s about right now?<br><br>

  1. Broadcasting. Weeks go by with nothing, and then they all swoop at once. That ol’ “axis of evil” has been good for business, if not for peace in Korea. George Bush’s visit to Seoul brought 8 broadcasts in 2 days: all radio, except one for the new BBC4 digital TV channel. (BBC World TV and others were also keen, but it proved impossible to arrange.) Of the radio, one was new (New Zealand), one other overseas (Austria), and the rest were the good old Beeb: one to be heard at home (The World Tonight, Radio 4) and the rest all World Service, including World Update (US drivetime), World Today (Asia drivetime), and Newshour (round the clock) twice. 5 were prerecords, and 3 live. Now it’s all gone quiet again. I enjoy broadcasting, but the logistics can be disruptive.
  2. Writing. I couldn’t live off broadcasting. Writing is the mainstay. This month has been fairly quiet: hence time to do this website at last. But January was jam-packed. On top of regular quarterly commitments for the EIU and Comparative Connections, there was a two-part article on Korea-China business ties for the EIU’s Business Asia, and a long (7,500 word) piece on North Korea’s multiple threats for AsiaInt. In among all this were regulars like Oxford Analytica and my weekly Asia Times column. Phew.
  3. Lectures, etc. UK work is steady, with monthly visits to London currently. SOAS in January, LSE upcoming in March; and in between, a Foreign Office brainstorming lunch (sic) on North Korea, where I was asked to start the discussion. This month too, I had to decline two invitations to Sussex: an FCO conference at Wilton Park, and one at IDS on famine. Further afield, in April I’m looking forward to two meetings in Hawaii; and farther ahead, I hope to visit both Koreas later in the year. If last year – Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Macau-HK, Kyoto – is any guide, others in Asia and Europe will follow.
  4. Consulting. This is even more episodic than broadcasting, but there’s been a lot in recent weeks. Healthcare, shipping, and other companies are all mulling investment in South Korea; some fret about political risk from the north. A most intriguing brief was to advise North Korea (indirectly) how to improve its status. So I told them. Tactfully.

What else? Well, writing a website for starters …