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Analysis & Commentary - Eric S. Edelman

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15th April 2018 – The Washington Post

Turkey’s president is holding Americans hostage. Why aren’t we doing anything about it?

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

On April 16, an American pastor unjustly detained in a Turkish prison for 18 months will finally get to defend himself in court. Andrew Brunson, a Presbyterian minister from North Carolina, faces up to seven years of pretrial detention under Turkey’s draconian state of emergency. more...

6th March 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Erdogan’s Rising Islamist Militarism

Eric S. Edelman, Merve Tahiroglu

The 6-year-old child who cried in front of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become a global sensation. Erdogan spotted the weeping girl wearing a military uniform during an address at his party’s congress last week, brought her onto the stage, and told her that if she died as a martyr, her coffin would be covered with the Turkish flag she held in her pocket. more...

30th January 2018 – Quoted by McKay Coppins - The Atlantic

How the Swamp Drained Trump

Eric S. Edelman

On a drizzly January afternoon one year ago, a newly sworn in President Donald J. Trump stood on the steps of the United States Capitol, doing his best to terrify America’s ruling class. more...

26th January 2018 – Quoted by Michael Warren - The Weekly Standard

When Allies Attack

Eric S. Edelman

The Trump administration did not condemn Turkey last week after the country’s military began attacking Kurdish forces in northwestern Syria. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders exemplified the administration’s response: “We hear and take seriously Turkey’s legitimate security concerns,” she said on January 22, two days after the Turks began an air and ground assault on the city of Afrin. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Trump and Erdogan will talk amid US-Turkey tensions

Eric S. Edelman

Turkey's attacks on Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria are stripping bare deep tensions with the United States and are sure to be a topic of discussion in a call between President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that's set for Wednesday. more...

23rd January 2018 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Turkey and Russia run rings around Trump

Eric S. Edelman

While the United States has been absorbed with a government shutdown and a debate about President Trump’s mental stability, Turkey — a NATO partner — has invaded Syria and is attacking our Kurdish allies, who have assisted greatly in the war against the Islamic State. more...

22nd January 2018 – Quoted by Edward Hunt - Mintpress

A Rare Glimpse Into the Inner Workings of American Empire in the Middle East

Eric S. Edelman

In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, four former U.S. diplomats provided remarkably candid commentary on recent U.S. involvement in the Middle East, revealing a number of the most closely guarded secrets of U.S. diplomacy. more...

15th December 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The problem with Trump’s Middle East policy: He doesn’t have one

Eric S. Edelman

Eleven months into the Trump presidency, our Middle East policy amounts to a series of stunts — an isolated retaliatory attack on Syria for use of chemical weapons, “decertifying” the Iran deal (to the consternation of those egging on the administration, hoping that the European Union and Congress would act, exactly nothing has happened since President Trump’s announcement a month ago) and now an announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (but won’t be moving the embassy for years, says the secretary of state). more...

14th December 2017 – Quoted by Katelyn Caralle - The Washington Free Beacon

Cotton Presses Former Middle East Ambassadors on Reducing Iranian Influence in Syria

Eric S. Edelman

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) on Thursday asked four former U.S. ambassadors to Middle Eastern countries testifying before a congressional committee what they believe are the best steps that Washington can take to counter Iran's influence in Syria. more...

25th October 2017 – Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

The Rise of Erdogan’s ‘Hostage Diplomacy’

Eric S. Edelman, Aykan Erdemir

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, has begun an age of "hostage diplomacy" in the year following last July's failed coup attempt, as he attempts to use foreign nationals as "bargaining chips" in international affairs, according to a panel hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. more...

24th October 2017 – Quoted by Carlo Muñoz - The Washington Times

Ex-envoy says U.S. should prepare to lose Turkish base

Eric S. Edelman

Relations between Ankara and Washington have grown so fraught during recent months that the Pentagon should prepare alternatives to a key Turkish air base for regional operations, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey said Tuesday. more...

21st August 2017 – Citado por Sabor809

España escoge el bando equivocado al arrestar a los disidentes turcos

Eric S. Edelman

Solo una o dos semanas después del fracaso del golpe en Turquía, que tuvo lugar el 15 de julio de 2017, me interesé por algunas cuestiones legales que podían ser de interés para cualquiera de mis amigos periodistas o académicos, que o bien se encontraban en tierras europeas o habían huido del país. more...

9th August 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

It’s not clear what to do about North Korea. But it’s clear what not to do.

Eric S. Edelman

President Trump on Tuesday issued a stern warning to North Korea, saying that if its threats to the United States continue, the outcast nation will be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” more...

3rd August 2017 – Quoted by Laura King and Sabra Ayres - The Los Angeles Times

U.S.-Russia sanctions flap can be exploited politically by both Putin and Trump

Eric S. Edelman

President Trump is warning that U.S.-Russia relations are at a perilous nadir. But for both him and Russian President Vladimir Putin, this particular dark cloud has a distinct silver lining. more...

25th July 2017 – Politico

How Trump should handle Iran

Eric S. Edelman

The Trump administration’s priority should be restoring leverage against Tehran, so that we can dissuade Iran from sprinting toward a bomb and create far more favorable circumstances to negotiate an agreement that—unlike Obama’s deal—actually prevents a nuclear Iran. more...

19th July 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

If there’s no collusion, why all the secret meetings?

Eric S. Edelman

Jared Kushner allegedly tried to arrange a secret back-channel with Russia that would have cut out U.S. intelligence and relied on Russian communications. It was one of many Russian contacts that he and other members of the Trump team failed to list on security clearance forms. more...

18th July 2017 – The Weekly Standard

What Happened in Hamburg

Eric S. Edelman

Trump meeting with Putin was not only not a success but was likely a disaster for U.S.-Russia relations and global order. more...

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Trump’s Naïveté on Display in Syria

Eric S. Edelman

In point of fact, the Syrian ceasefire agreement between the U.S. and Russia did nothing more than ratify a unilateral truce announced the previous week by the Syrian government in this area so that Bashar Assad could focus his hard-pressed forces on other parts of the country. more...

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Daniel Pipes - Gatestone Institute

Another Turkish Ambassador Confronts Me

Eric S. Edelman

In February, Turkey's ambassador to Israel told this author to stay away from his country; at least he did so diplomatically. In June, Turkey's ambassador to Bulgaria treated me in a remarkably rude and undiplomatic manner. more...

14th July 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

An ill-conceived choice from the get-go, now a disaster

Eric S. Edelman

We were not alone in criticizing the pick of Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state. He had no government experience, no feel for human rights or the values that (should) underlie American foreign policy and no deep knowledge of the world beyond that of an oil company executive accustomed to transactional deals. With an experienced and sophisticated president, a Tillerson might have been effective; with President Trump, Tillerson has proven incapable of even conducting foreign policy, let alone a successful one. more...