Ken Adelman
Vice-President, Movers and Shakespeares

Globally, what should we be doing that we're not?

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We have to work closely with our allies to fight terrorism effectively.

Ken Adelman

Ken Adelman is currently vice-president of Movers and Shakespeares, which conducts executive training through leadership lessons from Shakespeare. Ambassador Adelman began teaching Shakespeare in 1977 at Georgetown University, and later with honors students at George Washington University.

During the Reagan Administration, Ken Adelman was an Ambassador to the United Nations and then Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, accompanying President Reagan on his superpower summits with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Adelman was a philosophy major at Grinnell College and then attended Georgetown University, where he received a Masters in Foreign Service Studies and Doctorate in Political Theory.

He is the author of five books -- including co-author of Shakespeare in Charge -- and hundreds of articles, was for 20 years national editor of Washingtonian magazine, and for six years a member of the Defense Policy Board. 

While living in Africa from 1972 to 1975, Adelman translated for Mohammed Ali during “The Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship fight in Zaire, and participated in the Zaire River Expedition, venturing down the Congo River on the 100th Anniversary of Stanley’s exploration.


Ken Adelman: I think that we have to really explain to people, and work closer to people on combating terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism – I’m getting to be a broken record on something like that – and to really go about in a far more . . . you know, concentrated manner so that we aren’t overwhelmed with it in the past. And that takes specific acts, but it also takes a general impression that, “We’re on America’s side, and America is on our side” rather than the kind of visceral hatred of at least this administration that we see in a lot of other places around the world.

Recorded on: 7/2/07