The Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) was established on 20 May 1992 in Riga. LIIA is an independent non-governmental think-tank that conducts and publishes research on foreign policy, economic, and energy issues of the Baltic States and within the Baltic Sea region. The The Institute analyzes also the relationships between the Baltic States and the Russian Federation, and the European Union, and organizes as well lectures and seminars on foreign policy matters.
Raimonds Rublovskis - Associate fellow
Raimonds Rublovskis is Colonel (Retired) with 23 years of service in National Armed Forces of Republic of Latvia. During his service he held various key command and staff positions in the fields of security and strategic planning such as Commander of Military Police of National Armed Forces of Latvia (1997), Commander of Parliament and State President Security Service (1997-2003), National Military Representative of Latvia at NATO SHAPE (Mons, Belgium) (2003-2007), Chief of Strategic Planning Department (J-5) of Joint Headquarters of National Armed Forces of Latvia (2007-2010).
R. Rublovskis holds Master degree in History (University of Latvia) (1994), as well as Higher professional education degree in Law (University of Latvia), (2000). He has graduated from The United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, in 2001 with Master’s degree of Military studies. Currently R. Rublovskis is also a researcher in Riga Stradins University.
Andris Sprūds - Acting director
Andris Spruds is an acting director of Latvian Institute of International Affairs. He also holds a position of associate professor at Riga Stradins University and adiunkt at Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu-National Louis University in Nowy Sacz, Poland. Andris Spruds has MA in Central European History from the CEU in Budapest, Hungary and International Relations from Latvia University. He has obtained PhD in Political Science from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Andris Spruds has been a visiting scholar at Oxford, Uppsala, Columbia and Johns Hopkins University as well as Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Japan's Institute of Energy Economics.