Dr. Andris Sprūds

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Dr. Andris Sprūds is the director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. He also holds the position of professor at Riga Stradins University. Dr. Sprūds has an MA in Central European History from the CEU in Budapest, Hungary and in International Relations from University of Latvia. He has also obtained a PhD in Political Science from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He has been a visiting student and scholar at Oxford, Uppsala, Columbia and Johns Hopkins University, as well as the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Japan’s Institute of Energy Economics. His research interests focus on energy security and policy in the Baltic Sea region, the domestic and foreign policy of post-Soviet countries, and transatlantic relations.

Dr. Karlis Bukovskis

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Dr. Karlis Bukovskis is a researcher and the Deputy Director at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA). He is the author of numerous articles and the scientific editor of several books. Bukovskis is also an Assistant Professor at Riga Stradins University, where he focuses on the global political economy, the international financial system and the European Union. Since 2017 Bukovskis has been an Associate Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He acquired master’s degrees from the University of Latvia and the University of Helsinki, and a doctoral degree (Dr. sc. pol) in International Politics from Riga Stradins University. Bukovskis has dealt with European Union institutional, political and economic developments while serving at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, at the Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (where he developed the Presidency’s six-month work program), and at the Ministry of Finance of Latvia.

Dr. Māris Andžāns

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Dr. Māris Andžāns is senior research fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, as well as assistant professor, director of the master’s degree program “Regional politics and public administration” and of the doctoral study programme “Political science” at Rīga Stradiņš University. He has experience of ten years in the public administration of Latvia and has served in different positions related to coordination of EU and NATO issues, security of transport and communications, civil-military cooperation, aviation, electronic communications and postal issues. Dr. Andžāns has chaired the National Cyber Security Council of Latvia and the Dangerous Goods Movement Consultative Council of Latvia. He has represented Latvia in different NATO and EU working parties as well as in national supervisory mechanisms of EU agencies. During the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2015, he chaired the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society of the Council of the EU.

One of Dr. Andžāns’ main research interests is Central Asia. As the region has a special place in the foreign policy of Latvia, he is particularly keen to contribute to SEnECA. The project will allow him to focus more in his research activities on the relationship between the Central Asian countries and their relations with the EU in general and Latvia in particular. Thus, the Latvian academic and think-tank environment will also benefit from more insights on the topic.