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Defence Policy Director of MoND


Vaidotas Urbelis serves as Defence Policy Director at the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania.


In this capacity he is responsible for conduct and management of multilateral, regional, and bilateral defence relations with all foreign governments. He develops, coordinates and implements Lithuanian defence cooperation and represents Lithuania at NATO, the European Union and other cooperation formats.


Vaidotas Urbelis started working in the Ministry of National Defence in 1998 as senior specialist of Defence Policy and Planning Department, was responsible for preparation of the first Lithuanian military strategy. During his carrier he held numerous positions at the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence. During the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, he was responsible for the activities of the Presidency Group of the Ministry of National Defence. In 2005 – 2010 he represented Lithuanian missions to NATO and the EU, held positions in the Lithuanian Parliament, from 2017 to 2020 he worked as Defence Adviser at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington DC.


Vaidotas Urbelis holds PhD in social sciences from the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University. He has taught at Vilnius University and General Jonas Žemaitis Lithuanian Military Academy. Vaidotas Urbelis is the author of numerous publications on defence policy, intelligence reform and foreign policy issues.

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