Abrams 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 was educated at Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School. After serving on the staffs of Sen. Henry M. Jackson and Daniel P. Moynihan, he was an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan Administration. Abrams is a member of the board of the National Endowment for Democracy. He teaches U.S. foreign policy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. His latest book, Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring, was published in September 2017.