Artis Pabriks

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Artis Pabriks
Artis Pabriks saeima.jpg
Minister for Defence of Latvia
In office
3 November 2010 – 22 January 2014
Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis
Preceded by Imants Lieģis
Succeeded by Raimonds Vējonis
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia
In office
21 July 2004 – 28 October 2007
Prime Minister
Preceded by Rihards Pīks
Succeeded by Māris Riekstiņš
Personal details
Born (1966-03-22) 22 March 1966 (age 48)
Jūrmala, Latvian SSR
Nationality Latvian
Political party Unity
Alma mater

Artis Pabriks (born 22 March 1966) is a Latvian politician, the former Minister of Defence of Latvia.[1]

Artis Pabriks has a degree in history from the University of Latvia (1992) and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Aarhus, Denmark (1996). After finishing his Ph.D., he became the rector of Vidzemes augstskola, a newly founded regional college located in Valmiera, Latvia. He has taught at Vidzemes Augstskola since then. He has co-authored one book: Latvia: Challenge of Change (2001), which was subsequently re-published together with volumes on Lithuania and Estonia under the title The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (2002). Both were published by Routledge.

Pabriks joined politics as one of founding members of Tautas Partija (People's Party) in 1998 and became a member of Saeima, the Latvian parliament in March 2004. He was appointed the Foreign Minister on July 21, 2004, and he resigned from that position in October 2007 due to disagreements with the leaders of Tautas Partija which he then left in November.

Artis Pabriks was one of founding members of the Society for Other Politics in September 2008.

In 2010 Pabriks challenged the incumbent general secretary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Spencer Oliver (b. 1938) for his position. Pabriks, supported by the Latvian delegation, called the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s rules "quite shocking from the perspective of an organization that's monitoring elections". It would have required a full consensus minus one to oust R. Spencer Oliver who has been in the position of general secretary since the organization’s inception. Pabriks was unsuccessful in his challenge.[2]

He was a visiting professor at Bosphorus (Boğaziçi) University in Istanbul lecturing for 2009-2010 academic year I semester.


  1. ^ "Artis Pabriks". Ministry of Defence of Latvia. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
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