The Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense group at the Henry L. Stimson Center examines the international affairs budget, its organization and processes, and its linkage to US national security policies. It looks at foreign assistance programs, those dedicated to development as a goal and those that serve US security needs. It seeks to provide practical solutions to the dilemmas of international affairs budgeting – the need for internal process reform, the right level of funding, and the difficult relationship between these budgets and spending on defense and intelligence.
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Gordon Adams is a Professor in the US Foreign Policy Program at the School of International Service, American University. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center. He was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and, for seven years, a Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and Director of the School’s Security Policy Studies Program. For five years he was Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, the senior White House budget official for national security. He has been an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Mr. Adams most recent book (with Cindy Williams) is Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Security at Home (Routledge 2010). He has published books, monographs and articles on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He appears regularly in the media and has testified numerous times before the Congress on defense spending and national security issues, blogs regularly for Capital Gains and Games, National Journal, and Budget Insight.
Rebecca Williams: Rebecca Williams is a Research Associate for the Henry L. Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program. Her research focuses on defense budgets, international affairs budgets, the executive and legislative budgeting process, the interagency coordination of foreign assistance and national security policy. Rebecca graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Administration and from Middlebury College with a Masters degree in Spanish. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s program in US Foreign Policy at American University.
Matthew Leatherman: Matthew Leatherman is a Research Associate for the Henry L. Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program. His research focuses on the content and process of defense budgeting, including its implications for national security strategy, interagency policy, and congressional decision-making. Matthew graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and American History and from Columbia University with a Masters in International Affairs.
Alexander Brozdowski: Alexander Brozdowski is a junior political science and economics double major at Syracuse University, interning at the Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program.
Elizabeth Cutler: Elizabeth Cutler is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Democracy and Governance at Georgetown University. She received her BA in Politics from Occidental College in 2009, where she also minored in Spanish and spent a semester in Chile. Before interning for the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program at the Stimson Center, Elizabeth interned in the offices of Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Joe Sestak, as well as for Grassroots Campaigns in Los Angeles and the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia. Her research and professional interests include democratic development, U.S. foreign policy and international development, Congressional politics, campaigns and elections, comparative civil society and new media.