Thanks for joining us for a conversation with Elliott Abrams, Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela, about foreign policy, diplomacy, and the growing relationship between Tehran and Caracas.
- Elliott Abrams, Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela
- Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director, National Security Institute
Elliott Abrams is the Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela at the Department of State. He was Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC, from which he is now on a leave of absence. He 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. Abrams is the author of five books: Undue Process; Security and Sacrifice; Faith or Fear: How Jews Can Survive in a Christian America; Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; and most recently Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring.
Jamil N. Jaffer is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Jamil is also Senior Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development at IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology products startup founded by Gen (ret.) Keith B. Alexander, the former Director of the National Security Agency and Founding Commander of U.S. Cyber Command. In addition, Jamil is an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, a strategic advisory firm; 4iQ, a deep and dark web intelligence startup; Duco, a technology platform startup that connects corporations with geopolitical and international business experts; and Amber, a digital authentication and verification startup.
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