The Middle East remains, years after President Obama’s historic Cairo speech, a region aflame with conflict from Israel to Syria to Iraq to Egypt. The rise of the Islamic State has added another bad actor to the scene. Elliott Abrams, one of the foremost analysts of the region who has been deeply involved in the shaping of U.S. policy for decades, offers in this wide-ranging interview his take on the terror attacks in Israel and Paris, the expanding reach of ISIS, and the future of American leadership.
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Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as deputy assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor under George W. Bush and as an assistant secretary of state under Ronald Reagan.