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Analysis & Commentary - Eric S. Edelman

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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...

3rd June 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

The upcoming elections might surprise all of us, says Turkey expert

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

Senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington think tank, Dr. Aykan Erdemir holds that the upcoming presidential elections might have a big surprise in store for Turkey. more...

3rd June 2018 – Quoted by Yavuz Baydar - The Arab Weekly

An anti-Erdogan storm is brewing in Washington

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

“My way or no way.” That is perceived to be the brand of politics pursued by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Or so many of Turkey’s Western allies believe. more...

1st June 2018 – Quoted by Stockholm Center for Freedom

FDD report: Turkey’s jailing of Western nationals is ‘hostage diplomacy’

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

A Washington think tank has warned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is holding a number of Western nationals in jail to use them as “bargaining chips” against their countries in what they called “hostage diplomacy.” more...

31st May 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

Do not deal with Erdogan pragmatically - U.S. think tank

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington think tank, has issued a new report on Western nationals' long months of imprisonment in Turkish jails entitled 'Erdoğan's Hostage Diplomacy. Western Nationals in Turkish Prisons." more...

31st May 2018 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

Experts urge Western response to Turkish ‘hostage diplomacy’

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

Turkey is using foreign prisoners in its jails as diplomatic bargaining chips and Western governments should adopt a coordinated response, US-based experts warned Thursday. more...

31st May 2018 – Quoted by Ari Khalidi - Kurdistan 24

US experts call Turkey’s jailing of Western nationals ‘hostage diplomacy’

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

US-based experts on Thursday warned that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was holding some Western nationals in jail to use them as “bargaining chips” against their countries in what they described as “hostage diplomacy.” 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...