Mr. Raimundas Karoblis assumed his current responsibilities in December 2016 and has set in motion major defence system projects related to the modernization of the armed forces, such as JLTVs and NASAMS. Under his leadership and strong advocacy, Lithuania’s defence spending for the first time ever reached 2 percent of gross domestic product and is set to reach 2.5 percent by 2030 with infrastructure, communication and intelligence equipment being key investment targets. Mr. Karoblis is a dedicated Atlanticist and a strong believer that NATO is an irreplaceable pillar of collective defence on the European continent.
Mr. Karoblis is a seasoned diplomat and holds the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary since 2010. He has been working with Lithuania’s diplomatic corps for over twenty years. Prior to his current appointment as the Minister of National Defence, he worked as a Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, responsible for coordinating EU-related issues, including common EU security and defence policy. Mr. Karoblis served as the Permanent Representative to the European Union during the Lithuanian Presidency to the EU Council in 2013, as well as the Chairman of COREPER II. His also served as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the World Trade Organization. His other diplomatic experience and assignments include work at the Foreign Trade Policy Department and the Economic Department.
He is a holder of the Knight's Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania (2003) and the Commander’s Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania (2014).
Mr. Karoblis holds a Master’s Degree in Law; speaks English, French, and Russian. He is 51 years old and is married.
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?