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Demyan Plakhov

Graduate Fellow

Demyan is a published researcher, analyst, and writer on international relations, human rights, and security. Demyan is currently a Senior Analyst at Global Affairs Canada, leading on Belarus and Moldova. He has previously worked on Ukraine, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, and Western Sahara at Global Affairs. 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. 

While at Global Affairs, Demyan helped spearhead Canada’s co-sponsorhip of a landmark Human Rights Council resolution on Belarus that established UN investigation and supported the International Accountability Platform for Belarus, helped shape Canada’s approach to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and Annexation of Crimea, built several sanctions packages responding to various human rights violations abroad, 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 Sanctions PolicyNATO’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 the University of Copenhagen.

Policy Primer: NATO Sanctions Policy, by Demyan Plakhov, July 2021