Eric Edelman

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Person.png Eric Edelman   Powerbase Sourcewatch WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Baltimore, Maryland
Alma materCornell University, Yale University
SpousePatricia D. Edelman
Member ofFoundation for Defense of Democracies, Jewish Institute for National Security of America, Justice for Kurds, Sibel Edmonds/State Secrets Privilege Gallery
US diplomat/politician whom Sibel Edmonds named as a corrupt individual of interest.

Employment.png Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
August 9, 2005 - January 20, 2009
Preceded byDouglas Feith
Succeeded byMichèle Flournoy

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Turkey

In office
August 29, 2003 - June 19, 2005

Employment.png United States Ambassador to Finland

In office
August 27, 1998 - January 29, 2001

Eric S. Edelman has had a number of roles in his career as a US Foreign Service Officer, since entered the Senior Foreign Service in 1992. He was named as a corrupt individual of interest by Sibel Edmonds.[1]


Edelman was born in Baltimore and raised in New York.[2] He received a B.A. in History and Government from Cornell University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from Yale University in 1981. [3]


Edelman was appointed to the position of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy on August 9, 2005, by recess appointment by George W. Bush, after his nomination was stalled in the Senate. "Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee led by Carl Levin of Michigan, their ranking member, stalled Edelman's nomination to force the release of documents related to a Office of Special Plans that Feith set up before the conflict." [4] Edelman replaced Douglas Feith, who had resigned. The appointment, set to expire in January 2007 when a new Congress convened, [5] was confirmed by the Senate on 9 February, 2006. [6] [7] Edelman was Turkish Ambassador after the second Iraq invasion, during which anti-American tensions within Turkey were high. According to Ibrahim Karagul, a columninst with the Turkish Weekly, "Edelman act(ed) more like a colonial governor than an ambassador... (He) is probably the least-liked and trusted American ambassador in Turkish history, and his reputation is not likely to recuperate." [8]

  • Principal Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (February 2001-July 2003) — a member of Dick Cheney's staff

Edelman was Vice President Dick Cheney's deputy national security officer from Feb. 2001 to June 2003 and ambassador to Finland for three years prior to that, according to the State Department. Edelman was an aide to Cheney when Cheney was secretary of defense under President George H. W. Bush.

External articles


A Document by Eric Edelman

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Open Letter to Erdoganopen letter30 March 20162016 Turkish coup d'état attempt
Justice and Development Party
Open letter from a number of neocon deep state actors warning Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan to change his ways. The letter was published three months before the failed 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt.


Events Participated in

Munich Security Conference/20105 February 20107 February 2010Germany
An anti-war demonstration outside described it as "Nothing more than a media-effectively staged war propaganda event, which this year had the purpose of justifying the NATO troop increase in Afghanistan and glorifying the continuation of the war as a contribution to peace and stability."
Munich Security Conference/20114 February 20116 February 2011Germany
The 47th Munich Security Conference
Munich Security Conference/20131 February 20133 February 2013Germany
The 49th Munich Security Conference
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  2. Jeff St.Onge and Tony Capaccio, 'Bush Names Edelman to No. 3 Defense Post, Bypassing U.S. Senate', Bloomberg News, 9 August, 2005.
  3. 'Profile: Eric Edelman', Right Web, accessed 23 July, 2007.
  4. Jeff St.Onge and Tony Capaccio, 'Bush Names Edelman to No. 3 Defense Post, Bypassing U.S. Senate', Bloomberg News, 9 August, 2005.
  5. Jeff St.Onge and Tony Capaccio, 'Bush Names Edelman to No. 3 Defense Post, Bypassing U.S. Senate', Bloomberg News, 9 August, 2005.
  6. 'Presidential Nomination: Eric Steven Edelman', The White House website
  7. Donna Miles, 'Senate Confirms Edelman to Top Policy Post', US Department of Defense website, 10 February, 2006. (Accessed 21 July, 2007)
  8. Ibrahim Karagul, 'A Few Notes On President's Visit to Syria and Edelman', Weekly, 18 March, 2005. (Accessed 26 July, 2007)