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.