Dr Paul Latawski has been a Senior Lecturer in the Defence and International Affairs Department, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst since 1998. He is an Associate Fellow in the European Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI), London since 1994. He recently became a Senior Associate in the Advanced Research and Assessment Group, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University USA in 1985 specialising in Central and Eastern Europe with particular emphasis on Poland. Before coming to RMAS he lectured at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London where he was also an Honorary Visiting Fellow.
His major publications include: Co-authored with Martin A. Smith, The Kosovo Crisis and the Evolution of Post-Cold War European Security, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003; The Transformation of the Polish Armed Forces: Preparing for NATO, London: The Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, 1999; The Security Route to Europe: The Visegrad Four, London: The Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, Whitehall Paper Series, 1994; Co-editor with Matthew Bennett, Exile Armies, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005; and, Co-editor with Stephen Badsey, Britain, NATO and the Lessons of the Balkan Conflicts 1991-1999, London: Cass, 2004.
He is a regular presenter at conferences at Wilton Park, the FCO conference centre. He has organised and presented papers to academic conferences at RMAS. Further a field, he has contributed to UK MOD defence relations conferences in Slovenia, Ukraine and at the JSCSC. He provided pre-deployment briefings to British army units being sent to the Balkans and has conducted battlefield tours in Poland for British army units based in Germany. He has given testimony and provided a written submission to the House of Commons Select Committee on Defence on NATO enlargement in 1994.
His current research interests in the defence studies field include security sector reform in the context of state building and the dynamics of military coalitions. He has also written on NATO enlargement, sub-regional co-operation, nationalism, Balkan conflict and Polish defence transformation.