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Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams is senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national-security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush. He is the author, most recently, of Tested by Zion, published earlier this year by Cambridge University Press.

It's notorious, and true, that government officials hardly read anything. Memos, sure; nowadays, emails and tweets as well. But magazines? People barely have time to...

“It is the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer,” the former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier once said—and due to the contributions “Baby Doc” himself...

Ariel Sharon often seemed bluff and simple, and he would play that role: In discussions with his kitchen cabinet down at his ranch (they called...

Ariel Sharon often seemed bluff and simple, and he would play that role: in discussions with his kitchen cabinet down at his ranch (they called...

In 2007, early in the improbable presidential candidacy of Barack Obama, the young first-term senator began a series of foreign-policy speeches that seemed too general...

This article is a special preview of the September issue of COMMENTARY. You can subscribe here. In 2007, early in the improbable presidential candidacy of Barack Obama,...

At the beginning of a new Chilean movie called NO, set in 1988, two men are discussing their country’s upcoming plebiscite on whether to give...

As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regime’s chemical weapons and whether Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will...

Some months after the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein, I sat at lunch with the aging Hosni Mubarak. He was then...

In the Lion’s Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington’s Battle with SyriaBy Andrew TablerLawrence Hill Books, 240 pages Among the more vocal critics of the Assad regime...