Pressure Points

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

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Israel's Crisis

Israel's crisis is about judicial reform, but about deeper issues as well. Religion and state issues, and the role of the fast-growing haredi population, are at the heart of the matter. Read More

Implications of the Russia-Ukraine War
The Russia-Ukraine war has implications for the Middle East, Europe, and Asia and of course for U.S. foreign policy. In this speech I addressed them briefly.
Israel's Election: What to Think About Religious Zionists, Netanyahu, and Tales of Doomsday
Doomsday predictions about the consequences of Israel's election are overwrought. Some of the proposed legal reforms would bring Israel's system closer to the U.S. model.
United States
Why “Reforming” the United Nations Security Council Is a Bad Idea
President Biden has embraced "reforms" of the United Nations Security Council that are impractical and would undermine U.S. interests.
  • Ukraine
    Amnesty International's Attack on Ukraine
    Amnesty International's recent attack on Ukraine raises yet again the issue of how the size, governance, and influence of the largest human rights organizations may damage the cause of human rights.
  • Israel
    The "Two-State Solution" as Panacea Never Fades Away
    President Biden showed strong support for Israel during his recent visit, but never explained how the "two-state solution" would be possible without damaging Jordanian and Israeli security.
  • Israel
    The Partisan Gap in Support for Israel Seems Permanent
    Polls taken in 2021 and 2022 show a significant gap between Republicans and Democrats in their levels of support for Israel and for the Palestinians.
  • Human Rights
    Human Rights NGOs: "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
    International human rights NGOs are important champions of basic human rights, but must be subject to careful assessment themselves.
  • China
    The Ukraine War, China, and Taiwan            
    What lessons will Xi Jinping learn from the war in Ukraine?
  • Russia
    The Heroism of Vladimir Kara-Murza
    The Russian democracy activist Vladimir Kara-Murza has been imprisoned, and his heroism must be saluted.
  • United Nations
    The Biden Administrations Flirts With Dangerous Moves to Weaken U.S. Veto Power in the United Nations
    The U.N. General Assembly is debating a move to weaken veto power in the Security Council, and the Biden administration is supporting the draft. But weakening the veto is clearly against U.S. interests.