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Artis Pabriks

Deputy Prime Minister for Comprehensive Defence, Minister of Defence of Latvia

Dr Pabriks is serving his second term as the Minister of Defence; the first was from 2010 to 2014. In 2004, he was elected as a member of the Latvian Parliament and later as Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2014, he was elected to the European Parliament at the European elections. As an academic, the main fields of his research activity are political theory, ethnic policy, multiculturalism, and foreign and security policy. He is also the author and co-author of numerous publications on these topics. In 1996, Dr Pabriks received his PhD in Political Science at Aarhus University and in the same year became the first Rector of Vidzeme University College, later becoming a professor there. He has been a professor at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration since 2010. He has also worked as a policy analyst and researcher in several NGOs.
Updated: March 25, 2022