Experts

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 Edelman, practitioner senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, and Eliot Cohen discuss the reasons why Russia analysts got things wrong while military historians got them right.
Eric Edelman Shield of the Republic podcast
Eric Edelman, senior practitioner fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, and Eliot Cohen host John Herbst who was the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine during the Orange Revolution. They discuss prospects for diplomacy and grade the Administration’s efforts to manage the Ukraine crisis.
Eric Edelman Bulwark podcast
Eric Edelman, faculty senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, joins the panel to discuss how to help Ukraine win. The panel also addresses Biden’s student loan forgiveness and yea or nay on prosecuting Trump.
Eric Edelman Beg to Differ podcast
The University of Virginia's Miller Center Senior Practitioner Fellow Eric Edelman argues that "Ukraine can only win if the United States and the NATO alliance continue to support Ukraine as fully as possible, and particularly with military support."
Eric Edelman The Bulwark's Beg to Differ podcast
In "Arming America’s allies," the University of Virginia's Miller Center Senior Practitioner Fellow Eric Edelman revisits episodes from the Cold War, including the Korean War and Euromissile Crisis, to posit what role INF missiles could play in U.S. alliances and partnerships.
Eric Edelman Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
In "Rings of fire: a conventional missile strategy for a post-INF treaty world," the University of Virginia's Miller Center Senior Practitioner Fellow Eric Edelman discusses how the United States will incorporate intermediate-range conventional missiles into its deterrence posture.
Eric Edelman Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments