Owen Bates is an intern at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Political Science with minors in International Strategy and Diplomacy and European Studies from Brigham Young University. After graduating in April 2021, Owen plans to attend graduate school to study International Relations with an emphasis in Eastern European Relations. He hopes to work for the US State Department as a civil service officer specializing in relations with Eastern European countries. His academic and research interests include US foreign policy, US-Russia relations, inter-European relations, and Track II diplomacy.