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Eric S. Edelman

Senior Advisor

Biography:

Ambassador Eric S. Edelman retired as a career minister from the U.S. Foreign Service on May 1, 2009. He is currently distinguished fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a visiting scholar at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and a senior associate of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

Edelman has served in senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense as well as the White House where he led organizations providing analysis, strategy, policy development, security services, trade advocacy, public outreach, citizen services and congressional relations. As the undersecretary of defense for policy (August, 2005-January 2009) he oversaw strategy development as DoD’s senior policy official with global responsibility for bilateral defense relations, war plans, special operations forces, homeland defense, missile defense, nuclear weapons and arms control policies, counter-proliferation, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, arms sales, and defense trade controls.

He served as U.S. ambassador to the Republics of Finland and Turkey in the Clinton and Bush Administrations and was principal deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs. In other assignment he has been chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, special assistant to Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Robert Kimmitt and special assistant to Secretary of State George Shultz. His other assignments include the State Department Operations Center, Prague, Moscow, and Tel Aviv, where he was a member of the U.S. Middle East delegation to the West Bank/Gaza autonomy talks.

He has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and several Department of State Superior Honor Awards. In January 2011 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government.

He received a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University and a doctorate in U.S. diplomatic history from Yale University.

Ambassador Eric S. Edelman retired as a career minister from the U.S. Foreign Service on May 1, 2009. He is currently distinguished fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a visiting scholar at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and a senior associate of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

Edelman has served in senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense as well as the White House where he led organizations providing analysis, strategy, policy development, security services, trade advocacy, public outreach, citizen services and congressional relations. As the undersecretary of defense for policy (August, 2005-January 2009) he oversaw strategy development as DoD’s senior policy official with global responsibility for bilateral defense relations, war plans, special operations forces, homeland defense, missile defense, nuclear weapons and arms control policies, counter-proliferation, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, arms sales, and defense trade controls.

He served as U.S. ambassador to the Republics of Finland and Turkey in the Clinton and Bush Administrations and was principal deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs. In other assignment he has been chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, special assistant to Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Robert Kimmitt and special assistant to Secretary of State George Shultz. His other assignments include the State Department Operations Center, Prague, Moscow, and Tel Aviv, where he was a member of the U.S. Middle East delegation to the West Bank/Gaza autonomy talks.

He has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and several Department of State Superior Honor Awards. In January 2011 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government.

He received a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University and a doctorate in U.S. diplomatic history from Yale University.

Podcast: Turkey’s Election, Erdogan’s Counterrevolution

1st July 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Turkey’s Election, Erdogan’s Counterrevolution

Clifford D. May, Eric S. Edelman, Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Not so long ago, Turkey appeared to be the model: a Muslim-majority nation that was becoming free, democratic and prosperous; a NATO ally; a friend of America and Europe. more...

Analysis & Commentary

1st August 2018 – Quoted by Alex Ward - Vox

Why the White House just announced sanctions on Turkey

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

President Donald Trump announced that he would sanction Turkey for detaining an American pastor — a move that could further imperil the already tense relationship between Washington and Ankara. more...

1st July 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Turkey’s Election, Erdogan’s Counterrevolution

Clifford D. May, Eric S. Edelman, Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Not so long ago, Turkey appeared to be the model: a Muslim-majority nation that was becoming free, democratic and prosperous; a NATO ally; a friend of America and Europe. more...

8th June 2018 – Quoted by Lida Filippakis - Independent Balkan News Agency

From the U.S. to Turkey: Will the Senate vote for or against the transfer of the F-35 jets?

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

Not even a week later, and after Cavusoglu's positiveness and confidence regarding the delivery of the F-35 Lightning II fighters from the United States to Turkey, the U.S. Senate "is readying to vote next week on a bill that would block such transaction", thenational.ae reads. more...

8th June 2018 – Quoted by Lela Gilbert - Newsmax

Growing Outcry Demands That Turkey Release Pastor Brunson

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

Over 100 members of the European parliament have signed off on a letter to Turkish President Recep Erdogan demanding the release of imprisoned U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson. more...