Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow of Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., having served as a deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration, where he supervised US policy in the Middle East, and assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration. He was, in addition, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. and later chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. He is also a member of the US Holocaust Memorial Council.
He received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award (1988) and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Scholar-Statesman Award (2013).
His latest book, Tested By Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, was published in 2013.