in both New York and Washington, D.C. He spent
four years in the 1970s working for the United States
Senate: as assistant counsel to the Senate Permanent
Subcommittee on Investigations in 1975; as special
counsel to Sen. Henry M. Jackson in 1975-76; and as
special counsel and then chief of staff to Sen. Daniel P.
Moynihan from January 1977 to June 1979.
In January 1981 Mr. Abrams became assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs. In
December of that year, he was sworn in as assistant
secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian
affairs. In July 1985 Mr. Abrams was appointed assistant
secretary of state for inter-American affairs, where he
supervised U.S. policy in Latin America and the
Caribbean until January 1989. Mr. Abrams was a leading
supporter of the contra movement. In August 1988 Mr.
Abrams received the secretary of state's Distinguished
Service Award for his work in the department.
Elliott Abrams received his B.A. degree from Harvard
College in 1969, his master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics in 1970,
and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1973. Mr.
Abrams presently practices law in Washington, D.C.,
where he lives with his wife, Rachel, and their three
Mr. Abrams' address begins at 4:00 at Pickford
Auditorium (formerly Bauer Auditorium). No sign-ups
are necessary, because there will not be an Athenaeum
dinner. Plan to attend this up-to-date presentation on
U.S. policy in Latin America.