Mārtiņš Vargulis is an Associate Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. He holds an MA in International Relations from the Riga Stradins University. In his academic career, he has focused on issues concerning Russia (particularly economy and soft power), the World Trade Organization, and the European Neighbourhood. In his professional experience as a project manager at various organizations, he has implemented a number of projects regarding the European Eastern partnership and Russia. Mārtiņš Vargulis is also currently fullfilling duties of the Senior Desk Officer of the Defence Policy and Strategy Division at Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia.