Elliot Abrams

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Undue Process - signed first edition - 1993 

Who is Elliott Abrams?

Elliott Abrams, born on January 24, 1948, in New York City, is an American lawyer, diplomat, and foreign policy expert who has played a prominent role in shaping U.S. foreign policy, particularly in Latin America. His career has been marked by both significant accomplishments and controversies. Abrams earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and later received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1973. He began his career in government service during the administration of President Ronald Reagan, serving as an Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs from 1981 to 1985. In this role, Abrams faced criticism for his handling of U.S. policy in Central America, particularly his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, which involved the covert sale of arms to Iran to fund rebels in Nicaragua.

Despite the controversies, Abrams continued to hold key positions in subsequent administrations. During the presidency of George W. Bush, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations at the National Security Council.

Elliott Abrams is known for his strong advocacy of democracy promotion and human rights, but his tenure has also been marked by criticism for what some perceive as a willingness to prioritize strategic interests over these values.

What happened to Elliot Abrams?

In January 2019, Abrams returned to the U.S. government as the U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela under President Donald Trump. In this capacity, he played a role in the administration's efforts to address the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, supporting opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Abrams' career has been characterized by a commitment to conservative foreign policy principles, but his involvement in controversial events, especially during the Reagan administration, has been a subject of ongoing scrutiny and debate. As with any public figure, opinions about Abrams are diverse and often shaped by one's perspective on the policies he has been associated with throughout his career.

Undue Process

Abrams reflects on his time serving as Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs under the Reagan Administration and discusses his involvement in various political events, including the overturning of Nicaragua's government. He criticizes what he perceives as the "criminalization" of his actions and political differences, offering his perspective on the matter. The book delves into Abrams' experiences and provides insights into his views on political dynamics and justice.

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