Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia
Serving as Minister of Defence Dr Artis Pabriks introduced comprehensive national defence, which is designed to ensure security and crisis preparedness across all sectors, including preparedness for military conflicts. In 2004, he was elected as a Member of the Latvian Parliament and later was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He served as a minister until 2007. From 2007 until 2010 he was a Member of the Parliament. In 2010 he became Minister of Defence and worked in that position until 2014, when he was elected as the Member of European Parliament. As an academician, 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 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.