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War & Statesmanship

Elliott Abrams

Council on Foreign Relations

Elliott Abrams is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. 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, and as Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela in the administration of President Donald Trump. He also served as an Assistant Secretary of State in the Reagan administration.

Mr. Abrams has served as chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. He is a member of the boards of the Jewish People Policy Institute and the Israel Democracy Institute, and of the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy.

He is the author of Undue Process, Security and Sacrifice, and Faith or Fear: How Jews Can Survive in a Christian America, and writes widely on U.S. foreign policy with special focus on the Middle East and the issues of democracy and human rights. His most recent book is Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring.