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Alexander Vorontsov is currently the head of the Department for Korean and Mongolian Studies and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russia Academy of Sciences. He also holds several teaching and research posts at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, as Russian Federation Military Science Academy Professor, the Institute for Asian Studies at Osaka University of Economy and Law in Japan visiting professor. He is the member of the Russian part of the Russia-DPRK Intergovernmental Commission dealing with trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation. He was visiting professor at the Hanguk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea from 1998 to 2000; at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan in 2009; member of faculty of Yonsei University International Summer School in Seoul in 2010; and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies in Washington, DC from 2005 to 2006. He graduated from the Asia Pacific-Center for Security Studies Executive Courses in Honolulu in 2005 and served as second secretary in the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Pyongyang from 2000 to 2002. Vorontsov holds a Ph.D. in history from the Institute of Oriental Studies at the USSR Academy of Sciences, and has studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University and Pyongyang Kim Il Sung University.