Dr Artis Pabriks started his political career in 2004 when he was elected in the Parliament of Latvia (Saeima). Three months later, he was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, which he served until 2007. When returned to the Parliament, in 2010 Dr Artis Pabriks took a position as the Minister of Defence dealing until 2014.
He was elected in the European Parliament in 2014. During his four-year parliamentary service, Dr Artis Pabriks was a member of the Committee on International Trade and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. During this time, he was responsible for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, and the reform of FRONTEX. In 2018, he was elected in the Parliament of Latvia. Since January 2019, Dr Artis Pabriks is the deputy prime minister and defence minister of Latvia.
Dr Artis Pabriks earned his degree in history from the University of Latvia in 1992 and continued his studies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, receiving a PhD in political science in 1996. Dr Artis Pabriks began his academic career as the first rector at Vidzeme University College in 1996 and later became an associate professor there. Currently, he holds the position of an associate professor at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration. His research interests are focused mainly on security policy, multiculturalism, nationalism, ethnic policy, ideologies, gender issues, and human rights. He has worked also as a policy analyst and consultant in several NGOs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of NATO’s forward-looking security strategy and also highlighted the significance of geopolitics in Alliance cooperation. For over 70 years, NATO has maintained political solidarity and proven its ability to adapt to new security challenges. Against the backdrop of this pandemic, NATO principles will be tested like never before. As adversaries attempt to undermine the Alliance, through kinetic and non-kinetic means, NATO decision-makers will have to reconsider how they assess emerging security challenges and plan for an array of contingency scenarios using all the resources at NATO’s disposal. How is NATO repurposing its defence planning and logistical capabilities to address the second wave of COVID-19? What is the best strategy to maximize the effectiveness of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre? What is the appetite within the North Atlantic Council for NATO to engage in climate security? Will the Four-30s initiative be delivered in time or an in a modified form amidst shortened manpower and dwindling budgets? What options are available to strengthen the centrality of the transatlantic bond?