Team

Ainars Lerhis

Chairman, Senior researcher
ainars.lerhis@appc.lv

Dr.hist. (Ph. D.; 2002). Graduated from Faculty of History and Philosophy at the University of Latvia (Riga), historian. Leading researcher in Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia, and chairman of the Board at the Centre for East European Political Studies (Riga). He has worked in Archive of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Latvia, and as assistant professor and director of study programme „International Relations – European Studies” in Department of Political Science of Faculty of European Studies at Riga Stradins University. He has delivered lectures in Training Centre of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Now he delivers a study course of history of diplomacy in Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Latvia. His scientific interests: problems of international relations, history of foreign policy of Latvia (history of diplomatic and consular service of the Republic of Latvia, the „Baltic Question” in international relations as well as problems of history of Latvian foreign trade). Author of scientific monography “Foreign Service of the Republic of Latvia. 1918–1941” (in Latvian, 2005), co-author of six books, author of more than 30 scientific articles and many popular-science articles

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DSC_5575 (684x1024) Andis Kudors

Member of the board, Executive director, researcher
andis.kudors@appc.lv

Studied in International Economic Relations and International Law programs at University of Latvia Institute of International Affairs. He is Master in Political Sciences, and continues his studies in a doctoral program of University of Latvia Faculty of Social Sciences. His research interests are related to Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. Author of a number of publications on Russia’s policy toward the compatriots residing abroad, soft power and the role of Russian Orthodox Church in Russia’s foreign policy. He is the member of Foreign Policy Council of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Republic

Anna Lasmane

Deputy Director of CEEPS on administrative issues
anna.lasmane@appc.lv

She mastered the specialty of lawyer at the Policy Academy of Latvia, used her knowledge while working for various institutions’ personnel management units resolving the labour legal aspects. Has a five years experience in human resources management. She used her practical competence in theoretical studies, and in 2008 she was granted the professional degree of Master of Personnel Management at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration. During the period of her studies, she gained additional knowledge in communications, psychology, management, economics.
Ieva Dzelme- Romanovska
Member of the board, Communications manager

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Member of the board, Communications manager
ieva.dzelme@appc.lv

Graduated from University of Latvia, she is Bachelor in Social Sciences, Communications Sciences. She has also graduated Riga Stradins University and has master’s degree in social anthropology. She has worked for creative teams in various television projects at Latvia Television, including the 48th International Eurovision song contest and Latvian School Youth IX Song and Dance Festival television film groups. Has been the editor of State Presidential Strategic Analysis Commission ideas’ platform www.saki.lv and the Chairwoman of the Board of Latvian Conservative Youth Union. She acts as a manager of various projects, public relations specialist and information co-ordinator

Rinalds Gulbis

Researcher
rinalds.gulbis@appc.lv

Studied at University of Latvia Faculty of History and Philosophy (he is Bachelor of History) and University of Latvia Faculty of Theology (he is Master of Theology and Religion Sciences). He is the author and developer of the conception of Riga Graduate School of Law and University of Latvia joint study program “Diplomacy”. He was the president of Northern Conservative Students’ Union, senator of University of Latvia and judge in Court of Honour of University of Latvia, as well as expert within Commission for Evaluation of the Quality of Study Programmes at University of Latvia. The main themes of his research are the following: extremism in Russia, authoritarian regime of Lukashenko and democratic movements in Belarus, Russia’s social economy

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DSC_5884 (684x1024) Maris Cepuritis

Researcher
maris.cepuritis@gmail.com

Has BA and MA degrees in International relations both done in Riga Stradins University. Currently he is a studying for his PhD in Political science in the same university. Has worked in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Transatlantic organisation specifically participating in organising “The Rīga Conference”. Currently Maris is a part time lecturer in Riga Stradiņš University. Main research focus includes the influence of foreign policy discourses on decision-making and political processes, relations between Latvia and Russia as well as evolution of diplomacy and relations in East Asia.

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