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Team Member

Demyan Plakhov

Graduate Fellow

Demyan is a published researcher, analyst, and writer on international relations, human rights, and security. Demyan has worked at the United Nations headquarters in New York, five government departments in Canada, NATO Association of Canada, in academic positions at Western University and Carleton University, and with other organizations. Most recently, Demyan worked on managing and implementing Canadian foreign policy with North African countries (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania) at Global Affairs Canada. There, among other duties, Demyan shaped Canada’s human rights evaluation of Egypt through the Universal Periodic Review at the 34th UN Human Rights Council, and investigated terrorism and security in North Africa. At Natural Resources Canada, Demyan helped shape Canada’s recommendations to the Least Developing Countries Expert Group on climate change, and cultivated a global network of experts and officials to investigate global indirect climate change impacts. 

His recent publications include NATO’s Partnership with the UN: Empowerment through UNSCR 1325 and SDG 5, and a book review of The CSCE and the end of the Cold War: diplomacy, societies and human rights 1972–1990. Demyan is currently working on a book review evaluating global referendums, and an academic article comparing Ukraine, Georgia, and Kazakhstan’s democratic evolutions. He has an MA in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies from Carleton University, and a BA Honours Specialization in Political Science from Western University and University of Copenhagen.