Ambassador Eric S. Edelman is the Hertog Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He retired as a career minister from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009. He 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.

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.

He is 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, as well as a distinguished fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.