Pressure Points

Pressure Points

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

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Iranian Compliance and the JCPOA Negotiations

Are the negotiators ignoring Iran's repeated violations and its stonewalling of the IAEA? Read More

Palestinian Territories
After the "Postponement" of Palestinian Elections, Now What?
Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has now “postponed” parliamentary elections scheduled for May 22. As I noted in a previous blog post and in an article in Fathom, this was no real surpri…
More Iranian Missiles to Syria: A Problem that a "Working Group" Cannot Solve
Russia protects the shipment of precision guided missiles to Iranian proxies
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Thinking About the Palestinian Elections
Who gains and who loses if elections are held, or postponed
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Reforms Should Come Before New Funding for UNRWA
    The Biden administration restores funding of texts that glorify violence
  • Iran Nuclear Agreement
    Will the JCPOA Negotiations Abandon American Hostages in Iran?
    Lifting sanctions without gaining freedom for American hostages--again.
  • Human Rights
    Blinken's Unfair "Repudiation" of the Report on Unalienable Rights
    Secretary Blinken’s comments on the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights were partisan--and did not fairly reflect its content.
  • Iran
    Will Iran Turn Into a Chinese Gas Station?
    The new Iran-China investment deal doesn't add up
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
    The Next Bad Idea: A PLO Office in Washington
    Taking about a PLO office is the wrong message at the wrong time
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    A New (or Old) Biden Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
    An internal State Department memo gives early insight into Biden administration policy 
  • Democracy
    The EU and Venezuela: More Bad Advice
    The "European Democracy Hub" urges "sidelining" democracy in Venezuela