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1st June 2010 – Standpoint

Welfare Despair

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Northern Europeans' anger at their southern cousins may be justifiable. An already stressed yet lethargic eurozone had to absorb the full shock of Greece's public debt in the full knowledge that any measure, no matter how costly, might be too little too late. It was feared that unless a serious deal was cobbled together, the Greek contagion might spread to bigger economies such as Ireland, Portugal, Spain and possibly Italy. A sovereign default, in the heart of the EU and its ambitious single currency project, could ultimately undo both. For sound economies in central and northern Europe — primarily Germany — it looked as if the party might be spoiled by those pesky southerners, whose public-spending spree will now be reprieved by the Germans. more...

28th May 2010 – Wall Street Journal Europe

Honoring Neda Soltan’s Memory

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On June 1 Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will enter the majestic halls of the European Parliament to appear before its foreign relations committee. When he does, what could be more fitting than for the parliament to welcome him with a giant more...

21st May 2010 – The Jewish Chronicle

New Nuclear Deal is An Iranian Triumph

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Brazil's President Ignazio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have emerged as big global players after delivering a compromise over Iran's nuclear fuel following intensive diplomatic talks in Tehran. more...

18th May 2010 – Ostomaan

Iran’s Game of Negotiations

Emanuele Ottolenghi

One unanswered question about the nuclear-swap deal: who provides the 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium fuel rods to Iran? Because that is what swapping means - Iran gives Turkey 1,200 kilograms; the 1,200 kilograms sit in Turkey under IAEA, Iranian, and Turkish supervision for a month and then either they are swapped or they return home. Under the original agreement, there was no swapping - Iran would transfer 1,200 kilograms, Russia and France would reprocess them, and the resulting product (20 percent enriched fuel rods) would then return to Iran. more...

16th May 2010 – Real Americans Defend Israel

The Middle East Vacuum

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Michael Young has a must-read article in today's Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star. Young tackles the question of American decline in the Middle East and its consequences. He rather persuasively lays out the twofold argument that this is good for Iran and that the consequence of this decline might push President Obama in the direction "he dreads most" — namely, military action. (Naturally, this act would first require President Obama to recognize his policy's failure and to realize that an Iranian ascendancy in the Gulf is bad for American interests.) more...

1st May 2010 – Standpoint

UN Non-Resolutions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Whatever happened to the crippling sanctions against Iran that the Obama administration swore would come after engagement and the EU said it would support? more...

5th April 2010 – Journal of International Security Affairs

Setting The Sanctions Agenda

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If sanctions are to remain the main tool to confront Iran, America and its allies need to rethink the overall goals of their policy and adopt suitable measures to increase the likelihood of its success. In this context, Europe must by necessity play a more...

16th March 2010 – Wall Street Journal

Memo to Baroness Ashton: Embrace Israel

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On the eve of her departure for the Middle East, Baroness Catherine Ashton, Europe's new foreign policy czar, reaffirmed the European Union's long-standing refusal to upgrade its relations with Israel unless Israel first makes sweeping concessions. Supposedly, such concessions would help to quickly achieve a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: "Our ambition is that they know-because they do-that the solution lies in a negotiated settlement.," Ms. Ashton told journalists over the weekend. "Our view is that it needs to happen quickly and now, with the opportunity that that affords Israel. . . to be able to enhance the relationships it wants with us in any event for the future." more...