The Middle East Dilemma
TUESDAY, MAY 29 AT 6:00 PM
HOSTS: DENISE & CAMILLO SANTOMERO III
GUEST: ELLIOTT ABRAMS
Elliott Abrams, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, believes in policy that “combines both practical politics and idealism in supporting those struggling for democracy and human rights in the Arab world.” Abrams served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House. In his new book, Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring, Abrams examines America’s role in the region from the Cold War through the Barack Obama presidency. He asks how much we should care about the internal dynamics of these countries: While it is a given that we are invested in how these fractious neighbors get along, what should America really be doing?