Gordon Adams is a teacher, policy wonk, writer, and actor. In the teaching world, he is professor of international relations at the School of International Service, American University, in Washington, D.C. For some policy wonks he is known as a distinguished fellow (presumably older than a senior fellow) at Washington's Stimson Center, where he directs the Budgeting for Foreign Policy and Defense program.
Adams blogs regularly on defense and foreign policy institutional and budget issues for Capital Games and Gains, the National Journal security experts' web site, and The Will and the Wallet. His most recent book, with Cindy Williams, Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Safety at Home, was published in January 2010. It draws on Adams' experience as the senior White House staffer for national security budgeting in the Clinton White House. He continues to be passionate about reversing the trend toward using the military as the leading edge of U.S. global engagement, working with the Obama administration and Congress to discipline defense planning and budgets and to strengthen U.S. diplomatic and development capabilities.
In his creative life, Adams writes poetry and has an active theatrical career. He has appeared in six productions in the past two years, including as Shelly Wallach in Jules Feiffer's The Bad Friend, Major Metcalf in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, Sgt. Rough in Patrick Hamilton's Angel Street, Froggy LeSueur in Larry Shue's The Foreigner, Ralph Waldo Emerson in The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, and, most recently, in his professional debut, as Hamm in Samuel Beckett's Endgame.