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

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Israel, Iran, and the Archbishop of Canterbury

In recent weeks the Iran nuclear talks restarted, and the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered himself of a statement criticizing Israel's treatment of Christians. Herewith, comments on both matters.   Read More

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Murmurs About Palestine as 2021 Ends
The Gulf Cooperation Council and the United States issued statements on December 14, and both tell us much about the Palestinian issue as 2021 ends.
China
The Uighurs and the Question of Muslim Solidarity
Facing genocide by China, the Uighurs, who are Muslim, benefit from near zero solidarity from their co-religionists.
Venezuela
Saab Story: Venezuela, Maduro, and Human Sacrifice
An extradition to the United States is a reminder of justice--and its absence.
  • Latin America
    EU's Top Diplomat Ignores His Staff and Insists on Observing Venezuela's Elections
    EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Borrell will send an election observer mission to Venezuela despite his own staff's scathing report on conditions there and advice not do observe the phony elections.
  • Corruption
    The "Pandora Papers" Put Headlines Over Fair Treatment
    The "Pandora Papers" fail to distinguish between criminals and people whose apparent sin is to be rich. 
  • Iran
    Another Death in the Afkari Case in Iran
    The cellmate who told the world he had seen Navid Afkari tortured is now dead in an Iranian prison
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
    Afghanistan and the Abraham Accords
    The collapse in Afghanistan helps explain why Arab states are warming up to Israel.
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
    Afghanistan and the Abraham Accords
    The collapse in Afghanistan helps explain why Arab states are warming up to Israel.
  • Iran
    Did the “Maximum Pressure” Campaign Against Iran Fail?
    Iran's reserves fell in 2020 to a startlingly low $4 billion, suggesting that the "maximum pressure" campaign was succeeding.