Jānis Garisons

Work Experience

August 2015-to date Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence of Latvia

April 2013- August 2015 Undersecretary of State-Policy Director, Ministry of Defence of Latvia

December 2008- April 2013 Policy Director, Ministry of Defence of Latvia

August 2007- December 2008 Director of Crises Management Department, Ministry of Defence of Latvia

September 2005- August 2007 Deputy Director of Crises Management and Mobilisation Department, Ministry of Defence of Latvia

September 2004 -September 2005 Director of the Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

October 2003 –September 2004 Head of the Regional Co-operation and Arms Control Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

December 1999 -October 2003 First Secretary, Embassy of Latvia in Norway

September 1997-December 1999 Head of the Division for Russia and CIS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

May 1996 – September 1999 Senior Desk Officer of the Division for Russia and CIS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

June 1994 – May 1996 Senior Desk Officer of the Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

Education
2012 – 2014 US Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies

1990-1996 University of Latvia, Master of History

Trainings
September 1998 – July 1999 International Training Course Geneva Centre for Security Policy

February – May 1996 Training courses for young diplomats form the CAEClingendal Institute, The Hague

June 2003 ELOQUENT NUGGET 03 course, US

Languages: Latvian – native; English – very good; Norwegian – good; French – basic; Russian – basic

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