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Analysis & Commentary - Eric S. Edelman

Eric S. Edelman's Latest Articles

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...

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...

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...

7th July 2017 – Washington Post

Why Trump should not swap prisoners with Erdogan

Eric S. Edelman, Merve Tahiroglu

Rumors are swirling in Washington about a potential prisoner swap with Turkey. The Turks want the United States to release a Turkish-Iranian millionaire awaiting trial in Manhattan, in return for which they might free a North Carolina pastor being held in a prison in Izmir. more...

25th May 2017 – The Weekly Standard

It’s Time for NATO to Call Turkey’s Bluff

Eric S. Edelman, Merve Tahiroglu

Thursday's NATO Summit provides an opportunity for the alliance to get tough on its putative Turkish ally. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's destabilizing policies in Europe and the Middle East have made it appear less an ally and more a Russian Trojan horse. more...

10th March 2016 – The Washington Post

Erdoğan ya Politikalarını Değiştirmeli ya da İstifa Etmeli

Eric S. Edelman

Türkiye, Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’ın liderliğinde gittikçe otoriter ve istikrarsız bir ülkeye dönüştü. more...

10th March 2016 – The Washington Post

Turkey’s Erdogan must reform or resign

Eric S. Edelman

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has steadily descended into authoritarianism and instability. more...

27th August 2015 – The New York Times

America’s Dangerous Bargain With Turkey

Eric S. Edelman

After a year of intense diplomatic negotiations, the Turkish government is now permitting the United States to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, which will allow American aircraft to fly missions in Syria and Iraq with greater operational effectiveness and economic efficiency. more...