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Former White House official Elliot Abrams to speak at U of M about Arab Spring

Elliot Abrams, a former White House official who now is senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will speak Wednesday at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The 7 p.m. speech in the Humphrey School’s Cowles Auditorium is on “What Happened to the Arab Spring?”

It’s co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Organizers say Abrams will discuss events in the Middle East and North Africa since 2012 and the implications for U.S. policy.

Abrams was deputy national security adviser for Global Democracy Strategy and senior director for Near East and North African Affairs in the administration of George W. Bush, and as assistant secretary of state for human rights in the Ronald Reagan Administration.

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