Aleksandr Zhebin, the Director of the Centre for Korean Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences

Aleksandr Zhebin
North Korea Expert
Director, Centre for Korean Studies, Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
1948 - Born in Budapest
1975 - Graduates, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
1978 - Journalist, TASS News Agency
1983 - Bureau Chief, TASS News Agency, Pyongyang
1992 - Joins Institute of Far Eastern Studies
1998 - Diplomat, Russian Embassy, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
1998 - Receives PhD in political sciences, Institute of Far Eastern Studies
1998 - First Secretary, Counselor of the Russian Embassy, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
2004 - Director, Centre for Korean Studies, Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
 
Aleksandr Zhebin is a well known specialist on Korean Studies in Moscow. Before joining the Center for Korean Studies of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, he worked for 17 years as a journalist at the TASS News Agency. During his time with TASS he was a correspondent and then later became the Pyongyang Bureau Chief. After his journalism career he became a diplomat and worked in the Russian Embassy in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. Having lived such a long time in the country, Mr. Zhebin decided to continue with his study of the region and in 2004 he became the director of the Centre for Korean Studies of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies at Russian Academy of Sciences. Mr. Zhebin is also the author of numerous articles on political development in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Russia-North Korea relations, and security of the Korean peninsula.
 
At six-nation talks in Beijing, Pyongyang promised to shut down its main nuclear reactor in return for fuel aid. How stable and reliable are the agreements? And is the North Korean nuclear issue over? Aleksandr Zhebin, the Director of the Centre for Korean Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, is on Spotlight to tell us more