Larry M. Wortzel

Senior Fellow in Asian Security

Areas Of Expertise

  • China Military
  • East Asia Politics and Security
  • Intelligence and Counterintelligence
  • National Security Strategy and Policy

Larry Wortzel is Senior Fellow in Asian Security at the American Foreign Policy Council. A veteran Asia scholar with extensive government and military experience, Dr. Wortzel served two tours of duty as a military attaché in the American Embassy in China, and also was assigned in Singapore, Thailand, and on the demilitarized zone in South Korea. On the faculty of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Wortzel was Director of the Strategic Studies Institute and concurrently professor of Asian studies. He retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel at the end of 1999. After his retirement from the military, Dr. Wortzel was director of the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation and also vice president for foreign policy and defense studies at Heritage. Dr. Wortzel has served as a commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission for 19 years, from November 2001 to December 2020.  Previously he was Chairman of the Commission for two years. Dr. Wortzel also served as an adjunct research fellow at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.  A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Wortzel earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.