Eric S. Edelman

Eric S. Edelman is counselor at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and is a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, Finland, and under secretary of defense for policy.

Eric S. Edelman

When Iran Goes Nuclear

The Islamic Republic will be even more aggressive toward Israel and improve its standing with Russia and China.

Erdoğan’s Impending Victory and Turkey’s Future Course

The country is likely to stay on its increasingly authoritarian trajectory and remain an unreliable NATO ally.

Biden Withholds Weapons That Could Help Ukraine Win the War

Cluster munitions are controversial, but the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Smears and Myths—The October Surprise Revisited

The New York Times revives the claim that Reagan won in 1980 by conspiring to prolong the Iran hostage crisis.

Grasping at Nuclear Straws

Vladimir Putin is trying to manipulate the West by deploying weapons to Belarus.

Understanding That Weakness Is Provocative Is Deterrence 101

Biden has canceled yet another test of our ICBM system so as not to cause more tension with China.

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What Erdoğan Has Wrought?

Seeking concessions to support Finland and Sweden joining NATO has done damage to Turkey’s standing in Europe and its long-term security interests.

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The Strongman Cometh

Why Erdoğan suddenly has a problem with Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control: Old Myths and New Realities

While we have been on a ‘modernization holiday’ our geopolitical foes have been building and deploying new nuclear forces.

The Pros and Cons of ‘Deterrence by Disclosure’

Analyzing the Biden administration’s policy of making information about Russia’s movements and intentions public.