Rasa Ostrauskaite, Head of Iraq Program

In September 2019, Rasa Ostrauskaite  joined ICMP as Head of Mission in Iraq.

For three years until September 2019, she was Co-ordinator of Activities to Address Transnational Threats at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). After joining the OSCE in 2009, Rasa served as Deputy Director for Policy Support Service at the organization’s Conflict Prevention Center.

Previously Rasa worked in various capacities at the European Union (EU) – at the EU Council’s Policy Planning and Early Warning Unit; as Political Advisor to the EU Special Representative (EUSR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Southern Caucasus and as Senior Political Advisor to the EUSR for the crisis in Georgia. Before that, she worked for the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, in Vilnius and in Lithuania’s Representations to the United Nations in New York and to the EU in Brussels.

Rasa holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies and a Master of Philosophy in Political Science, both from the Central European University. She has contributed to a number of publications on EU foreign and security policy and the OSCE, including two co-authored books.