Baiba Braže was born in Riga, Latvia. She holds two Masters degrees from the University of Latvia: one in Law (1990) and another in Communication Science (2002).
Ambassador Braže served most recently as Latvia’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom (August 2016-early May 2020), prior to which she was Director-General Security Policy and International Organizations (June 2011-January 2016) and Director General of the Communications Directorate (February 2016-July 2016) at the Latvian Foreign Ministry in Riga.
Ambassador Braže previously served as Latvia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (July 2003-August 2008), prior to which she was Director of the Europe Department, served as Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister in Riga. She has held numerous other posts since joining the Foreign Ministry in August 1993, both at home (Legal Department, International Organizations Department) and abroad (United Nations, New York).
In addition to Latvian, Ambassador Braže is fluent in English and Russian and speaks Dutch proficiently.
No matter the will or resources of a single national government, managing challenges of today’s international landscape is a task best served through allies and partnerships. A combination of traditional and non-traditional security threats is forcing nations to reconsider existing military doctrine and emergency protocols to overcome these threats to ensure future security and prosperity. From offsetting the damages of climate change to capturing the potential of revolutionary technology and creating new arms control regimes to ensuring superior resiliency in the face of health challenges, multinational inputs and multilateral frameworks is the solution to safeguard democratic societies and preserve global stability. How can NATO and the EU work together better to maximize their respective competitive advantages? What steps need to be taken inside the Berlaymont to establish a credible military Schengen zone? What role or in what platform can Washington play in bridging the technological gap between North American and Europe? What is the appetite of leaders to create a transatlantic climate security task force to build early-warning systems and emergency response mechanisms?