Elliott Abrams

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  • Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy (2005-2009)
  • Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs (2002–2005 )
  • Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations (2001–2002)

An expert on U.S. foreign policy around the globe and a top White House adviser on Middle Eastern issues, Elliott Abrams has served in major foreign policy positions for two Republican U.S. Presidents, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. He is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.   

 
  

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Elliott Abrams was an outstanding speaker and a gracious gentleman … We had an audience of about 200, with about 45 minutes of very engaging q&a, with most queries about Israel and the Middle East. Elliott stayed for our post-talk reception and again spoke to a number of attendees before he left. As a speaker, he was exceptionally knowledgeable, informative , intelligent and patient. We were greatly pleased with his visit.

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  • Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis
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  • Temple Beth Shalom
  • Jewish Federation of Philadelphia
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U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges Ahead

The U.S. faces many adversaries in the Middle East and in the Islamic world, among them terrorist groups who have access to modern military technology, including WMDs and the means to deliver them. From the conflicts in Gaza to Iran’s nuclear program to the war in Syria, this region remains a source ...

The U.S. faces many adversaries in the Middle East and in the Islamic world, among them terrorist groups who have access to modern military technology, including WMDs and the means to deliver them. From the conflicts in Gaza to Iran’s nuclear program to the war in Syria, this region remains a source of instability and danger. Mr. Abrams offers a timely and important contribution to the discussion of U.S. foreign policy and the directions that must be taken to keep America safe.  He draws upon an acute understanding of American history and his own senior-level experience making foreign policy in the Reagan and Bush (43) administrations.

Inside the Middle East

Drawing on his years as a top White House adviser on Middle Eastern issues, Mr. Abrams blends historical context with keen insight to address the most up-to-date developments in this troubled region. His thoughtful analysis of the obstacles ahead will leave audiences with an insider's perspective on ...

Drawing on his years as a top White House adviser on Middle Eastern issues, Mr. Abrams blends historical context with keen insight to address the most up-to-date developments in this troubled region. His thoughtful analysis of the obstacles ahead will leave audiences with an insider's perspective on the conflicts and prospects for peace.

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<p>Elliott Abrams’ new book on foreign policy in the Middle East receives high praise</p>

Elliott Abrams’ new book on foreign policy in the Middle East receives high praise

Renowned foreign affairs expert Elliott Abrams has released a critically acclaimed new book, Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring. Drawing on four decades of experience as an American official and Middle East expert, Abrams takes us inside his work with leaders like Scoop Jackson, Pat Moynihan, George Shultz and Ronald Regan, to reveal a personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy.  With careful, sharp analysis of America’s record in the Middle East and beyond, Realism and Democracy presents an argument, both “realist” and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East. Praise for the book has poured in from America’s most trusted foreign policy experts: “Elliott Abrams has done the country another important service. This outstanding book reminds us that the enduring power of America is that, at our best, we see our interests as our values, and our values as our interests. Now more than ever, Americans and their leaders need to understand that support for human rights has been, and should remain, a key pillar of U.S. foreign policy. This book could not be more timely or more significant” (Senator John McCain); “Elliott Abrams gives us a brilliant review of the fight for freedom, showing with clarity what works and what does not. But even more, he highlights the possibilities for progress that may be gained from a determined, long-term strategy advocating democracy and human rights” (The Honorable George P. Shultz). Already set to deliver remarks on the book at Georgetown University’s Andrew H. Siegel Memorial Lecture, The Alexander Hamilton Society, and Freedom House, Abrams brings his tremendous breadth of experience and powerful argument to life for any audience.

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Biography

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House.

Mr. Abrams was educated at Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School. After serving on the staffs of Sens. Henry M. Jackson and Daniel P. Moynihan, he was an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration and received the secretary of state's Distinguished Service Award from Secretary George P. Shultz. In 2012, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy gave him its Scholar-Statesman Award.

Mr. Abrams was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, from 1996 until joining the White House staff. He was a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom from 1999 to 2001 and chairman of the commission in the latter year, and in 2012 was reappointed to membership for another term. Mr. Abrams is also a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which directs the activities of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also a member of the Board of the National Endowment for Democracy. He teaches U.S. foreign policy at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Mr. Abrams joined the Bush administration in June 2001 as special assistant to the president and senior director of the National Security Council for democracy, human rights, and international organizations. From December 2002 to February 2005, he served as special assistant to the president and senior director of the National Security Council for Near East and North African affairs. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for global democracy strategy from February 2005 to January 2009, and in that capacity supervised both the Near East and North African Affairs and the democracy, human rights, and international organizations directorates of the NSC.

He is the author of four books, Undue Process (1993), Security and Sacrifice (1995), Faith or Fear: How Jews Can Survive in a Christian America (1997), and Tested by Zion: the Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2013); and the editor of three more, Close Calls: Intervention, Terrorism, Missile Defense and "Just War" Today; Honor Among Nations: Intangible Interests and Foreign Policy; and The Influence of Faith: Religion and American Foreign Policy.