Alastair MORGAN - Tokyo College
Ushioda Fellow

Alastair MORGAN

Research interests Security, Conflict Website
01 Description of Research

Contemporary British diplomacy towards Asia;

Social, political and economic developments in China and Japan;

DPRK leadership and policy;

International responses to DPRK WMD and ballistic missile programmes, including sanctions;

Aspects of Northeast Asian twentieth century history.

02 Short Biography

 2021  Tokyo College Ushioda Fellow of the University of Tokyo, affiliated with Tokyo University’s Graduate School of Public Policy

2019 – 2021  Regional security expert and Coordinator of the UN 1874 Panel of Experts on DPRK sanctions

2019  Senior Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London (the War Studies Department;‘Project Alpha’ )

2015 – 2018  British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

2010 – 2014  British Consul-General in Guangzhou

2007 – 2010  Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Beijing

2002 – 2006  Counsellor Trade Policy and Director of Inward Investment at the British Embassy in Tokyo

1985 – 2019  British Government Crown Servant

1983 – 1985  Lecturer, Gakushuin University, Tokyo

1981 – 1983  Part time Lecturer WEA, and concurrently academic supervisor, Trinity College, Cambridge University 

1983  Trinity College Cambridge, MA, English and American literature

1979  Trinity College Cambridge, BA, English and American literature

03 Publications and Other Research Activities


Coordinator of the UN 1874 Panel of Experts for the following reports by the Panel to the UN Security Council:

S/2019/691 30 August 2019

S/2020/151 2 March 2020

S/2020/840 28 August 2020

S/2021/211 4 March 2021



Guangzhou Minutes (mandarin), 2016, Huacheng Press, PRC (Collected articles from New Express, Guangzhou Daily and other Chinese publications)



‘Sanctions, Communication, and Ambiguity, A Review Essay’, Defence Strategic Communication, Riga: NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, Volume 12, Spring 2023, pp 85 -100

‘United Kingdom Engagement with North Korea’, Asia Pacific Bulletin, Washington DC: East-West Center, North Korea in the World Special Series, 1 March 2023