BGA Advisor Rudolf Adam believes the idea of a European army is a threat to Europe’s security

BGA Advisor Rudolf Adam believes the idea of a European army is a threat to Europe's security

Eine Vision, die in die Irre führt: Von einer Europäischen Armee zu schwärmen, ist nicht nur unrealistisch – es gefährdet auch Europas Sicherheit.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Politik > Außenansicht, 17. December 2018

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Rudolf Adam

Rudolf Adam

Rudolf’s Bio

Rudolf Georg Adam serves as an Advisor to BGA. As a former German diplomat and security analyst,  he began his diplomatic career in 1976 when he joined the German Foreign Service. Following his service as Second Secretary in Singapore and First Secretary in Beijing, he was speechwriter for German President Richard von Weizsäcker in Bonn, political counselor at the German Embassy in Moscow and worked in the Planning Staff at the German Foreign Office in Bonn.

In 1995, he became director of global disarmament and arms control in the Foreign Office and in 1998 European correspondent (EU foreign relations, since 1999 including security and defence policy). In 2001, he became vice president of the Federal Intelligence Service. From 2004 to 2008 he was president of the Federal College for Security Policy.

In 2008 he became the German Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow and in 2011, he held the same position in London. He retired in 2014 after a year as Chargé d’Affairs at the German Embassy London. He is currently an external lecturer at the Bundeswehr University, Munich, and president of CSASC.


He holds a BA, MA and D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford.