Нad been with the Institute since August 2007. A graduate of History Department at the Mahilou State University, he pursued Masters' studies at the European Humanities University (Program on European and Transatlantic Studies), and the International Relations departments at the Belarusian State University. After the closing down of the EHU in Minsk, Dzianis Melyantsou studied Political Science and International Relations at the Institute for International Relations and Political Sciences in Vilnius (Lithuania), where he defended his M.A. thesis in 2006. He currently works on his PhD dissertation on Belarus-NATO relations. Until October 2009, Dzianis lectured at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, a position he lost in a campaign of silencing dissenting opinion of the group of political scientists protesting the undemocratic management practices by the university administration. Mr. Melyantsou is a co-founder of the Institute of Political Studies “Political Sphere”.