Crossroads of Crisis: Turkey Today

Ambassador Eric Edelman, former Ambassador to Turkey, and Alan Makovsky, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, briefed congressional staffers on the increasingly authoritarian actions by the Erdoğan government, tension with Russia and Turkey’s NATO membership, and the role of Turkey in an anti-ISIS coalition.

Ambassador Eric Edelman

Ambassador Eric S. Edelman is currently distinguished fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a visiting scholar at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and a senior associate of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Edelman has served in senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense as well as the White House where he led organizations providing analysis, strategy, policy development, security services, trade advocacy, public outreach, citizen services and congressional relations.He served as U.S. ambassador to the Republics of Finland and Turkey in the Clinton and Bush Administrations and was principal deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs.

Alan Makovsky

Alan Makovsky is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a private think-tank in Washington, DC. From 2001 to 2013, he served as a Senior Professional Staff Member (Democrat) on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he covered the Middle East and Turkey. At The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a private think-tank where he worked from 1994 to 2001, Makovsky wrote and published widely on various Middle Eastern and Turkish topics. He also founded and directed The Washington Institute’s Turkey Research Program. Makovsky worked at the State Department from 1983 to 1994, where he covered southern European affairs and Middle Eastern affairs for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Prior to working at the State Department, Makovsky worked as a free-lance journalist in Turkey.