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18th July 2016 – FDD Press

Flying Above the Radar

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler , Yaya J. Fanusie

With the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in January 2016, most international sanctions against Iran have been lifted. These include long-standing U.S. sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector. The United States has removed all but four Iranian civilian airlines – Caspian Airlines, Mahan Air, Meraj Air, and Pouya Air – from its sanctions lists. more...

18th July 2016 – The Huffington Post

The Obama Administration Gambled On Tehran’s Moderation — And Failed

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year ago, the Obama administration made a gamble, striking a nuclear accord with Tehran that it hoped would transform its behavior, leading to a thaw in bilateral relations and a more stable Middle East. more...

17th July 2016 – The Jerusalem Post

What Netanyahu should ask Paraguay’s president

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israel needs all the friends it can get to fight delegitimization in international forums. Paraguay is one of them – thanks to the leadership of its president, Horacio Cartes, who today begins a two-day visit to the Jewish state. Since 2013, when Cartes took office, Paraguay has been taking a less biased stance toward Israel in international bodies, and for that deserves recognition. That should not, however, come at the price of ignoring the country’s permissive attitude toward Hezbollah. more...

12th July 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

The Boeing Sale to Iran Runs Into Turbulence

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Mark Dubowitz

No wonder the House moved last week to try to block Boeing’s tentative agreement to sell 80 passenger jets to Iran’s government-owned airline, Iran Air. Congress is rightly concerned about what could be a $25 billion deal with an Iranian aviation industry that has been complicit in Iran’s weapons proliferation and support for terrorism. more...

21st June 2016 – The Hill

The risks of the Iran-Boeing deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Boeing's potential deal to sell aircraft to Iran may have benefits for the company's ledger and for the U.S. banks that will finance it. But the deal is also fraught with danger, including the possibility that the aircraft may one day become a tool for Iran's ongoing support for atrocities and war crimes in Syria. more...

17th June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-Boeing Deal: Rewards and Risks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran’s minister of transport, Abbas Akhoundi, announced an aircraft deal this week with U.S. aviation industry giant, Boeing. more...

26th May 2016 – Real Clear World

Obama Administration Helps Iran Get Its Money Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On March 19, the FBI arrested Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab upon his arrival in Miami for evading sanctions against Iran, money laundering, and bank fraud. more...

3rd May 2016 – U.S. News & World Report

Moderation Is a Misnomer in Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Proponents of a nuclear deal with Iran have expressed hope that it would put Tehran on a more moderate course. President Obama, on the eve of the deal, suggested that it could "strengthen the hand of those more moderate forces inside of Iran." more...

27th April 2016 – The National Interest

Hezbollah: Iran’s Henchmen in Brazil

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Across Latin America, Iran’s public face appears innocuous: mosques, cultural centers, schools, halal meat inspectors, religious literature, social work and even Boy Scout groups. Yet beneath the veneer of piety, outreach and interfaith dialogue, Tehran leverages connections with anti-American regimes and movements to gain a foothold in the region, and to indoctrinate local Muslims in its brand of revolutionary Islam. more...

14th March 2016 – The National Interest

The Case for Suspending the Visa Waiver Program for Iranians

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian court recently sentenced to death Babak Zanjani and his associate, Mehdi Shamszadeh, for their alleged role in embezzling billions of dollars of Oil Ministry revenues while running overseas networks of front companies designed to circumvent international sanctions. more...

7th March 2016 – The Hill

Washington must resist Europe’s pressure over Visa Waiver Program

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In December, Congress passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. The legislation created exceptions to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), including for dual citizens of Iran and of VWP countries, and met stiff resistance from Europe and Iran. more...

1st March 2016 – Standpoint

Syria: Barack’s Boomerang?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Barack Obama no doubt views his foreign policy legacy as a list of successes. He disentangled the US from the imbroglio of Iraq. He turned the page with Cuba. And he sealed the nuclear deal with Iran. Yet this list of seemingly impressive achievements — many of which, like the Iran deal, may yet prove a boomerang for Obama and his place in history — is overshadowed by his complete paralysis over Syria. more...

3rd February 2016 – The Wall Street Journal Europe

Flying in the Face of U.S. Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Mahan Air is an Iranian passenger airline that also happens to be a favorite with the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC uses Mahan planes to ferry weapons and personnel to aid the Syrian regime. That’s according to the U.S. government, which has repeatedly committed itself to grounding the airline. Yet Mahan continues to fly the friendly Middle East skies and is even expanding its operations. more...

21st January 2016 – The Jewish Chronicle

Signed: new lease of life for Mid East’s No 1 war machine

Emanuele Ottolenghi

It was not last summer's rollercoaster, when Iran and six world powers clinched a deal to end the decade-long impasse over Tehran's nuclear programme. more...

21st January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hardliners Set to Dominate Iran’s February Elections

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration hopes that the Iran nuclear deal reached last July can “strengthen the hand” of Iran’s more pragmatic revolutionaries – particularly President Hassan Rouhani and his allies. more...

19th January 2016 – The Hill

Congress should keep foreign investors from working with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Last weekend, the Obama administration and the European Union lifted sanctions against Tehran, less than a year after Iran and six world powers reached a nuclear deal. In preparation, the Islamic Republic has for months waged a charm to bring foreign investors to the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE). more...

29th December 2015 – The National Interest

A Better Way to Sell Citizenship

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Elaine Dezenski

Last October, the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia announced it would launch a citizenship-by-investment program, or CIP. more...

28th December 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

As Iran Deal Goes into Effect, Congress Moves to Sanction IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Tyler Stapleton

The International Atomic Energy Agency closed its investigation last week into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, thus paving the way for lifting U.S., United Nations, and European Union sanctions as stipulated in this summer’s Iran nuclear deal. more...

21st December 2015 – Standpoint Magazine

How To Change The Game

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With Royal Air Force Tornados and Typhoons finally taking to the Syrian skies alongside French Mirages and Rafales, and President Obama addressing the nation on America’s role in the fight against Islamic State, you might be misled into believing that the cavalry is finally coming. more...

17th December 2015 – The Hill

Iranian Jets In Syrian Skies, What Could Go Wrong?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Contrary to news suggesting an Iranian military drawdown in Syria, there is strong evidence that Iran is upping the ante. Not only have Iranian officials vehemently denied they are withdrawing their forces from Syria's killing fields, but, more ominously, according to recent reports confirmed by Western military sources, the air force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is slated to deploy fighter aircrafts to Syria. more...