Interview: Eduards Stiprais

Since regaining independence in 1991, the Republic of Latvia has become an integral player in the European political framework, making important contributions to peace, security, democratization and prosperity on the continent through its membership in organizations such as the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (the former two organizations which it joined in 2004).

As Latvia prepares to take on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2015, Freedom Observatory spoke with Mr. Eduards Stiprais, Under-Secretary of State and Political Director for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia. Mr. Stiprais is actively involved in shaping Latvian foreign policy, having previously served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in London; as Head of the State President’s Chancellery in Riga; as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union in Brussels; and as Head of the Task Force for Preparation of EU Accession Negotiations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring the interview with Mr. Stiprais, Freedom Observatory’s Editor-in-Chief Otto Faludi and Managing Editor Conner Marvin discussed Latvia’s upcoming EU presidency, the crisis in Ukraine, Latvian involvement in NATO and EU security initiatives, among other topics. Freedom Observatory would like to thank the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to Canada for facilitating this interview, and in particular His Excellency Ambassador Juris Audarins as well as the Executive Assistant to the Ambassador, Ms. Solvita Rakitko.

The full interview is available here:

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Otto Faludi is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Freedom Observatory. He earned an Honours B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public and International Affairs from York University’s Glendon College in Toronto where his research focused on business ethics, foreign policy, international law, and public affairs. Since 2012, Otto has been a key participant of the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), an academic centre at York University. In 2014, he completed an internship with the Political and Public Affairs Section at the Embassy of Canada in Budapest and was nominated to represent Canada at the Young Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia. Otto also served as the Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Council of Glendon from 2010-2015, a role in which he recruited and coached three award-winning teams of students at the International Model NATO simulation in Washington D.C. Otto is an accredited Canadian journalist and he attended the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales. He is fluent in English and Hungarian, proficient in French, and has a working knowledge of German and Spanish.


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