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Larry Watts

Former Short-Term Scholar


    November 4, 2013 — December 6, 2013

    Professional affiliation

    Former Adviser, Romanian Defense Ministry; Visiting Professor, Security Studies and Intelligence Analysis, University of Bucharest

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Romania and the Search for an End to the War in Vietnam, 1965-1974"

    Full Biography

    Larry L. Watts is a visiting professor for Security Studies and Intelligence Analysis at the University of Bucharest. His service as security sector reform advisor to Romania’s Defense Oversight Committee, Presidential Counselor for National Security, Defense Ministry, Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), and Police General Inspectorate during 1991-2009 earned him awards for promoting military reform and NATO integration, implementing democratic oversight, promoting ethnic reconciliation, and fostering Romanian-American relations. He served concurrently as senior consultant and Bucharest office director to the Princeton-based Project on Ethnic Relations during 1991-1997, engaging in mediation efforts throughout the former Soviet space. His work With Friends Like These: The Soviet Bloc’s Clandestine War Against Romania (2010), published in Romanian translation in 2011, has been the subject of nine one-hour documentaries on Romania’s national television station TVR1. He has lectured widely in Europe and the U.S., most recently at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University.

    Major Publications

    • Romanian Security Policy and the Cuban Crisis, Cold War International History Project e-Dossier No. 38, February 2013
    • A Romanian Interkit? Soviet Active Measures and the Warsaw Pact "Maverick" 1965-1989, Cold War International History Project Working Paper No. 56, December 2012
    • With Friends Like These: The Soviet Bloc's Clandestine War Against Romania (Bucharest: Military Publishing House, 2010)