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Abrams discusses U.S. foreign policy, focusing on the Middle East and democracy and human rights.

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Mrs. Clinton and the Trump Nuclear Decision

Hillary Clinton is now complaining that President Trump has broken America’s word with his policy on the Iran nuclear agreement, the JCPOA. For reasons I will explain below, this is a subject on which she should really be silent. Read More

October 14, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement
John Kerry's Attack on the Iran Nuclear Decision

Former President Obama and former Vice President Biden have been among the many Democrats who have long complimented former President George W. Bush for his demeanor and conduct after leaving office. That is, he did not attack his successors. He governed himself by a simple creed: I had my time, and now it is their time to govern.

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October 8, 2017

Israel
The Coming Confrontation Between Israel and Iran

In the United States, discussions of Iran have for the last few years been mostly about the JCPOA—the nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama. In the Middle East, things are different.

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October 1, 2017

Iran
Ideology and Foreign Policy

Barack Obama undertook two supremely ideological foreign policy moves. In both cases he seemed largely motivated by myths about American "crimes" in the past, and for that reason failed or refused to bargain hard for American advantage. Instead, he appeared to see the new negotiations as including a bit of restitution for previous American wrongs.

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