Gordon Adams is a teacher, policy wonk, blogger, actor, and poet. He teaches at the School of International Service, American University, in Washington, D.C. and is a distinguished fellow (older than a senior fellow) at Washington's Stimson Center. He preaches, writes, briefs, and testifies on U.S. foreign policy, the defense budget, and the imbalance between foreign policy and military resources. He writes a regular column for ForeignPolicy.com, and he appears often to discuss defense and foreign policy issues on and in the national media—from the New York Times to PBS Newshour to the Washington Post, NPR, and beyond.
His new book, co-edited with Shoon Murray, is Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy. His last "best-seller" (with co-author Cindy Williams) was Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Safety at Home. Both books draw on his experience as the senior White House staffer for national security budgeting in the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1997.
On the creative side, Adams has an active on-stage career. Over the past six years, he has appeared in multiple stage productions in the theater-rich Washington, D.C. area. His professional debut was as Hamm in Samuel Beckett's Endgame; he has since played Ray in David Harrower's Blackbird and was in the ensemble for Merchant of Venice at the Shakespeare Theatre. This past winter he was the Inspector in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls. He is also a published poet.