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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The EU and Venezuela: More Bad Advice

The "European Democracy Hub" urges "sidelining" democracy in Venezuela Read More

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 
  • Human Rights
    The New UN Report on Venezuela’s Human Rights Calamity
    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, reported to the Human Rights Council on March 10thon the situation in Venezuela. The full statement can be found here. Her report is ye…
  • Venezuela
    The Biden Administration and Venezuela
    On March 8, the Biden administration gave the first real insight into its Venezuela policy, and the news was a mixture of good policy, politics, and nonsense. The good policy was the announcement …
  • Iran
    Biden Fires a Warning Shot at Iran
    President Biden, after little more than a month in power, has used military force for the first time--against Iran. In my previous post here, "Biden and Iran: Two Questions," I asked what the preside…
  • Iran
    Biden and Iran: Two Questions
    As the Biden administration enters its second month in power, two very large questions about its Iran policy remain unanswered. The first relates to nuclear negotiations. At the State Department p…