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David R. Marples Writer and academic

David is Distinguished University Professor, Department of History and Classics, at the University of Alberta. He is also President of the North American Association of Belarusian Studies.

He has written14 books on topics ranging from the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 and its consequences, modern histories of Ukraine and Belarus, and on topics from the Russian Revolution to the collapse of the Soviet Union. He has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and spoken at universities, institutes, and other venues in over 10 countries. He has also edited two books on nuclear power and security in the former Soviet Union and on contemporary Belarus.

He serves as a regular advisor on Ukraine and Belarus to the US Department of State, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom. He has spoken at both The White House and the US Senate. He is a regular commentator on his area of expertise for CBC and the Voice of America, and he has contributed over 100 articles on Belarus for the Eurasia Daily Monitor, published by The Jamestown Foundation, in Washington, DC.

David is the Chairperson of Belarus in Focus 2013.