Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (Washington, DC)

U.S. and World Interests in the Middle East

About the Topic

OTR members have heard this season from Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council, on the history of Iran-Israel relations and from Ambassador Martin Indyk on peace diplomacy in the Israel-Arab conflict. This lecture is will examine in closer detail the region’s nuclear nonproliferation issues, prospects for a Palestinian state and the outlook for multi-lateral peace talks.

About the Speaker

Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., is an analyst who has played a significant role in the U.S. foreign policy. He was also 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.

Earlier in his career, in the 1970s, he worked for Senator Henry M. Jackson and then as chief of staff to Senator Daniel P. Moynihan. Mr. Abrams served as an assistant secretary of state during all 8 years of the Reagan Administration, and received the secretary of state's “distinguished service award” from Secretary George P. Shultz for his work.

Mr. Abrams was educated at Harvard College (B.A. 1969), the London School of Economics (M.Sc. Econ. 1970), and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1973). He is now at work on a book about Bush policy in the Middle East. In his remarks, he will analyze the Bush and Obama approaches to the region, especially the Iranian nuclear program and the continuing Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and ways forward for 2010 and beyond.