Gordon Adams is a creative performer and writer, and a policy wonk at the same time. The policy wonk side is fulfilled by being a professor of international relations at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. Adams is also a “distinguished fellow” (which means he is an elder and they can’t find another title that isn’t an insult) at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. He is finishing a book on national security budgeting for which his qualifications, however dubious, are based on having served as the senior White House national security budget planner in the Clinton administration. For that prior sin, he also worked like a beaver in the Obama transition, trying to prepare the new team to do defense and foreign policy budgeting right. Adams cares passionately about “rebalancing the toolkit of American statecraft” by disciplining the defense budget and strengthening diplomacy and development programs. He blogs and writes columns regularly for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the National Journal, and other media sources.
His right brain is increasingly satisfied by his work as an occasional poet, acting and voice student, and stage performer. His most recent theatrical appearance was as Shelly Wallach in the Silver Spring Stage production of A Bad Friend by Jules Feiffer. He has also done video work as part of the Studio Theater’s production of Jerry Springer: The Opera.