Conversation with Elliott Abrams
Elliott Abrams recalls how he got involved in politics and his work for Senator Henry M. Jackson.
00:26 - 13:28
You learn a lot as a young political staffer in Washington. Abrams and Kristol discuss the value of working on Capitol Hill.
13:29 - 23:12
What’s it like to work in the State Department? Abrams describes his work as an Assistant Secretary of State in the Reagan administration.
23:12 - 31:30
Human rights had been a concern typically associated with Democrats before Reagan and Shultz made it a Republican issue. Why did this happen?
31:30 - 46:33
Abrams details the inner workings at Foggy Bottom and discusses Latin American affairs.
46:33 - 1:06:33
Abrams discusses his work for the 43rd president and the attacks of September 11, 2001.
1:06:33 - 1:21:48
Abrams and Kristol discuss an eventful period in American-Israel relations.
1:21:48 - 1:36:57
In 2007, Israel attacked a secret nuclear reactor in Syria. Abrams recalls how this was seen from Washington.
1:36:56 - 1:48:56
What are the political challenges when working on a presidential staff?
1:48:56 - 1:52:56
Having witnessed George W. Bush at key times in his presidency, Abrams assesses his character.
1:52:56 - 2:05:08
Do the benefits of a political career outweigh the costs? Abrams explains why they do.
2:05:08 - 2:10:34