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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 Latin American Summit Must Deal With Dictatorship in Cuba

The Latin American summit meeting in Lima, Peru this coming weekend occurs just a week before Raul Castro "steps aside" and Cuba has a new president. But consider this anomaly: Venezuelan president Maduro has been excluded from the Summit because he is trying to turn Venezuela into a new Cuba--while the head of the actual Cuba is allowed to attend. It makes no sense. Read More

April 8, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Gaza and Jerusalem

When President Trump thought about acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the arguments against it were familiar—and had persuaded previous presidents. The secretary of state, Rex Tillerson at that time, argued that the negative Arab reaction would be large, swift, and significant. 

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April 5, 2018

Corruption
Corruption in the Palestinian Authority

Civil Society does exist in the Palestinian territories, and one of the strongest organizations is the one that fights corruption: The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity. It was established in 2000 and is linked to Transparency International.

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March 29, 2018

United Nations
Counting Votes at the UN Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council passed five more anti-Israel resolutions last week. This was not a great surprise, and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the Council “grossly biased against Israel.” She added that “our patience is not unlimited” and again threatened to leave the Council unless its obsession with Israel ended.

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