Vlad Vernygora is a DSocSc candidate at the University of Lapland (Finland) and lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Law (School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia). Vlad is one of the leading promoters of Asia-Pacific Studies in the Baltics and Nordics. His research interests include contemporary political empires, Europe’s interactions with the Asia-Pacific, the EU and its neighborhood, and the Belt and Road Initiative. In the period from 2014 until 2017, Vlad was managing the operational side of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme Project ‘NATO Global Perceptions – Views from the Asia-Pacific Region’. In March 2018, Vlad was issued an Exequatur from the Estonian MFA in confirmation of his appointment as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Fiji in Tallinn, with jurisdiction throughout the whole territory of the Republic of Estonia.