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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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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. Read More

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.
  • Colombia
    Why Won't Biden Call Duque?
    An American Ally is Given the Cold Shoulder
  • Israel
    Christians and Israel
    A broad group of U.S. Christian leaders reaches out to Israel's new government