Olevs Nikers is a senior analyst at the Jamestown Foundation, Washington D.C. based think tank. He has led the Baltic Security Strategy Project supported by the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation and the Jamestown Foundation (2017-2019) and currently he is Director of the Baltic Sea Security Initiative. From 2001 to 2019 Olevs has worked at the Ministry of Defense of Latvia. Among the other responsibilities, in a position of Chief Expert he has been responsible for preparing the Latvian military Contingent for International Peacekeeping missions, as well as planning, coordinating and implementing International Development and Logistics projects for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
Olevs holds a Master's degree in Political Science from University of Latvia (2001), as well as a Master's degree in International Relations from The Bush School of Government and Public Service, USA, USA (2016). Currently he is studying at the Riga Stradins University's doctoral program in political science.
He is a member of Latvian Association of Political Scientists and the Association for Advancement of Baltic Studies.