Kenneth Adelman

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Kenneth L. "Ken" Adelman is an American diplomat and arms control expert, long a Republican activist but who supported Barack Obama. He is national editor of Washingtonian Magazine, a commentator on Fox News, and conducts unusual leadership trainings.

During the Reagan Administration, he was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and then Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, but supported Barack Obama. He is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger.

A sense for words

He and his wife, Carol Adelman, conduct leadership training called " Movers and Shakespeares", based on William Shakespeare.[1] While his doctorate, from Georgetown, is in political theory, he started teaching Shakespeare in 1977 at Georgetown University, and in the honors program at George Washington University.

During the "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight championship in 1975, he was the translator for Mohammed Ali in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He quotes his mentor, Donald Rumsfeld, "When a particular problem is intractable, enlarge it, and applied this to the "intractable" Israeli-Palestinian situation."In a 2002 interview on Fox News, he recommended changing the term "suicide bomber" to "homicide bomber". He linked terrorrism to Iraq insofar as Saddam Hussein sponsoring such bombers. He also advised reducing aid and engagement with Saudi Arabia and Egypt. "The more that Islamic states in the Middle East begin to resemble Turkey and Bangladesh and the less they continue to echo Iraq and Syria the greater are the chances for peace and stability. Thus the safer become both Israel and America."[2]

Government service

He was an assistant to Donald Rumsfeld from 1975 to 1977.

At the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he worked on nonproliferation with China. [3]

Current politics

While a lifelong Republican, he supported Barack Obama.

This is not easy for me because I have never voted for a Democrat for president during my whole life; I have never even considered it; I have never even come close to it...When I saw McCain in the first week of the economic meltdown I felt that he was bouncing off the walls. That's not how a president should act during a crisis...All McCain's talk about going for experience was blown out of the water when Palin was appointed. [4]


  1. Movers and Shakespeare
  2. Kenneth Adelman (April 03, 2002), "Enlarging the Problem", Fox News
  3. Kenneth L. Adelman (31 July 1985), testimomy to the House Foreign Affairs Committee On the 1985 US-China Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
  4. Jon Snow (21 October 2008), "Interview: Kenneth Adelman", Channel 4 (U.K.)