The Road from the USSR to EU and NATO Membership: Latvia's Success Story with former President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga.
Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga was the President of Latvia from 1999 to 2003. Before holding that office Dr. Vike-Freiberga held prominent positions in national and international scientific and scholarly organisations, as well as in a number of Canadian governmental, institutional, academic and interdisciplinary committees, where she acquired extensive administrative experience.
Recipient of many medals, prizes and honours for distinguished work in the humanities and social sciences.
In June 1998 she was elected Professor emerita at the University of Montreal and returned to her native land, Latvia, where on 19 October the Prime Minister named her Director of the newly founded Latvian Institute- Center for European Studies
Vaira Vike-Freiberga was the 6th President of Latvia and first female President of Latvia. She was elected President of Latvia in 1999 and reelected in 2003.