Morton Abramowitz is a Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation, and on the boards of the International Rescue Committee, the International Crisis Group, and U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, as well as advising the National Interest quarterly journal and Foreign Policy (magazine). He is a signatory of the "Beyond Guantanamo" declaration.
At the U.S. Department of State, he was U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Thailand, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, United States ambassador to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction Negotiations in Vienna and political adviser to the commander of United States Pacific Command. He was also deputy assistant secretary of defense for inter-American, East Asian, and Pacific affairs.