Mārtiņš Vargulis is a Researcher at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA). He holds an MA in International Relations and currently continues his PhD studies at the Rīga Stradiņš University. In his academic career, he has focused on issues concerning Russia (particularly security, economy and soft power), the World Trade Organization, NATO and EU security related issues, as well as the European Neighbourhood. He is the author of numerous articles and the scientific editor of several books. He is also a lecturer in the Riga Stradins University. In his long-standing professional career as an official at the Ministry of Defence of Latvia, he has been Head of Defence Policy and Strategy Section as well as diplomat at the Permanent Representation of Latvia to NATO and EU.