Eric Edelman

Practitioner Senior Fellow

Fast Facts

  • Career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service
  • Undersecretary of defense for policy in the George W. Bush Administration
  • Ambassador to Finland and Turkey
  • Recipient of Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service
  • Expertise on defense policy, nuclear policy and proliferation, diplomacy

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Defense and Security
  • War and Terrorism

Eric Edelman, practitioner senior fellow, retired as a career minister from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009, after having served in senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense as well as the White House. As the undersecretary of defense for policy (2005-2009), he oversaw strategy development as the Defense Department’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. Edelman served as U.S. ambassador to the Republics of Finland and Turkey in the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations and was principal deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for national security affairs. Edelman 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 of 2011 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French government. In 2016, he served as the James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center.

Eric Edelman News Feed

Eric and Eliot inaugurate the first video episode of Shield of the Republic by welcoming former Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) to discuss her New York Times best-selling book, "Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning."
Eric Edelman The Bulwark
Eric and Eliot bemoan the death/murder of Alexei Navalny, Tucker Carlson’s performative buffoonery in Moscow, and the irresponsibility of the Republican House of Representatives. They also welcome Phillips O’Brien, professor of strategic studies at St. Andrews University.
Eric Edelman The Bulwark
Two years after the Russian invasion, some new myths have taken hold, writes Eric Edelman.
Eric Edelman Politico
Counter to type Eric welcomes Eliot back from his travels with a discussion of the positive things going on in the world.
Eric Edelman The Bulwark
"Full support of the former president has become almost banal among Republicans."
Eric Edelman The Atlantic
Eric welcomes former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO General Philip Breedlove to discuss the state of the war in Ukraine.
Eric Edelman The Bulwark