Jeffrey Gedmin

  • Gedmin in the American Interest: True Grit in Baku

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  • Gedmin in Penn Live: Do CEOs Really Make for Good Political Leaders?

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  • Gedmin in The American Interest: The Trump Effect in Europe

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  • Slovenians First!

    Getting to the bottom of European populism

    In the early 1990s, Cologne hotelier Werner Peters would stuff his car full of donated clothes and toys and head south to Slovenia. The ten-hour drive would bring him and his supplies to refugees fleeing war in nearby Bosnia, a conflict engineered by strong man Slobodan Milošević, whose vision for the Balkans was one of Serb-dominated ethno-nationalism. 

    In those days, communism had been defeated, Russian power was shriveling. Milošević would eventually be routed, too. In February 1991, Saddam Hussein had been ejected from Kuwait by a thirty-five-nation, US-led, United Nations Security Council-blessed coalition. Rules-based order was defended, and liberal democracy was in high fashion. Werner Peters was decent and honorable, but not alone in his kindness. At the time, the Slavic Muslims of Bosnia, the principal target of Serb aggression, won broad sympathy and support. 


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  • Gedmin Quoted in The Star Tribune on Malian 'Spiderman'

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  • Mike Pompeo is the New Secretary of State. Now What?

    The US Senate on April 26 confirmed former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo as the new US Secretary of State.

    US President Donald J. Trump picked Pompeo, a known foreign policy hawk on issues from Russia to Iran to North Korea, to replace Rex Tillerson at the State Department on March 13.

    Tillerson officially stepped down on April 1. Pompeo assumed the post on April 26. This replacement is one of many that have taken place in the first fifteen months of the Trump administration. The White House has now seen two secretaries of state, three national security advisors, and two chiefs of staff. Whether Pompeo can help chart a steady course for US policy remains to be seen.  

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  • Can the Competing Logic of Macron, Merkel—And Structural Change in Europe—Coexist?

    “We are happy when people and things conform and unhappy when they don’t. People and events don’t disappoint us, our models of reality do.”

    —    Stefan Zweig, Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist, and biographer

    Lawmakers in the national parliament—who “owe just about everything to him”—are “perfect foot soldiers” for a leader with “an expansive notion of power.” He has “almost unchecked authority” and critics accuse him of “building a fawning cult of personality.”

    That's the New York Times talking not about Hungary’s Viktor Orban or Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but rather about French President Emmanuel Macron.

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  • Gedmin in The Hill: Populist Right's Rise in Germany Not (yet) a Reason for Panic

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  • Curb Your Enthusiasm: Even If Viktor Orbán Loses Sunday, Hungarian Democracy Is Still In Trouble

    Six weeks ago, the ruling conservative-nationalist Fidesz party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was delivered a stunning defeat. The southern city of Hódmezővásárhely—population, roughly 45,000—had been governed by Fidesz mayors since 1990. The party’s candidate this time was projected to win handily, by about twenty points. Yet, that was approximately the margin of victory for independent Péter Márki-Zay. The forty-five-year-old Márki-Zay—a devout Catholic, political conservative, father of seven—defeated Fidesz’s odds-on favorite for mayor Zoltan Hegedus, in the hometown of János Lázár no less, the man who heads Orbán’s office. “We want to get rid of the big boys bullying the whole class,” said Márki-Zay after his remarkable win. He has street cred. Márki-Zay used to be a member of Fidesz.

    What does it mean when the pitchforks are out for the populists?

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  • Q&A: Tillerson Out, Pompeo In. What Does It Mean for Russia and Ukraine?

    On March 13, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked. US President Donald Trump plans to replace him with former CIA director Mike Pompeo.

    UkraineAlert asked its experts the following: What does Pompeo think about Russian President Vladimir Putin and his aggressive foreign policy? What does the leadership change mean for US policy toward Ukraine and Russia? Do you expect any changes? Will he support US Special Representative for Ukraine Ambassador Kurt Volker’s efforts to bring peace to Ukraine?

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