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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...

30th November 2015 – Standpoint Magazine

The Bloody Trail

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The writing has been on the wall for so long that it has already begun to fade. The bloody trail of Islamist terrorism is the single most insidious threat to our free societies’ globalised existence. more...

19th November 2015 – Business Insider

How the Iranian President’s Populist Economic Policies Could Be His Undoing

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Detractors of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used to say that he distributed potatoes to buy votes, a derisive reference to government subsidies which contributed to Iran’s spiraling inflation throughout his time in office. more...

16th November 2015 – The Hill

Why Isn’t the Obama Administration Going After Iran’s Mahan Air?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In theory, Iran's Mahan Air is a private commercial airliner that operates dozens of daily passenger flights to domestic and international destinations. more...

29th October 2015 – Standpoint Magazine

Flirting With Disaster

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Syrian refugee crisis has so far elicited both solidarity and anxiety in Europe. Neither response offers a policy solution. more...

20th October 2015 – The Hill

Time to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as Terror Group

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week, news emerged that Russia's military deployment to Syria was offering cover to the Syrian regime and its allies in a campaign to recapture lost territories from rebel groups. But even that could not prevent a string of high-profile casualties among senior commanders of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fighting alongside the Assad regime. more...

8th October 2015 – Business Insider

Here’s How to Stop Iran’s Revolutionary Guard From Profiting Off of the Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The slogan of Iran’s largest mobile telecommunication business, the Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI), is “Nobody is alone.” That sentiment is far from reassuring. more...

30th September 2015 – The Hill

Don’t Let the Revolutionary Guards Join Iran’s Gold Rush

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the regime's top exporter of terrorism and chief enforcer of repression at home. Regrettably, it is the IRGC that will benefit most from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement that world powers signed with Tehran in July. more...

24th September 2015 – Business Insider

Iran’s President and Its Supreme Leader are Already in a High-Stakes Faceoff Over the Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

In coming days, the Majles, Iran’s parliament, will decide how to vote on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. more...

15th September 2015 – Politico Europe

The Wings of War

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

When Mahan Air, Iran’s largest private airline, bought nine used Airbus aircraft last May, Iranians celebrated the opportunity to upgrade their country’s aging, sanctions-hit commercial fleet. more...

4th September 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Nuclear Deal is a Boon to the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The nuclear agreement signed by Iran and world powers in July will benefit Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in three primary ways. more...

28th August 2015 – Standpoint

This Deal Is No Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna in July will not prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. All it will do is postpone Iran getting the bomb. In exchange for Tehran’s acquiescence, the deal legitimises Iran’s nuclear achievements and strengthens its regime. more...

17th August 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Even Seemingly Harmless Investments in Iran Will Flow to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Proponents of the Iran nuclear agreement say assisting Iran out of its economic isolation could help prop up more moderate elements within the Islamic Republic. By any standard, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, fails the moderation test: it is Tehran’s ideological vanguard, responsible for exporting the revolution abroad and enforcing its rule at home. more...

17th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Russia’s Airline Aeroflot Carried Qassem Soleimani to Moscow and Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Fox News reported that on July 24, General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF), travelled to Moscow, met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and discussed possible future arms deals with Russian officials. more...

13th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran Deal Rewards Airlines that Served as IRGC Terror Fronts

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Between 2011 and 2013, the U.S. Department of Treasury designated five of the seventeen airlines currently operating in Iran for their support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). more...

13th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC’s Sanctions Relief Bonanza

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The European Union is slated to delist the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), its commanders, and dozens of its commercial entities within the next eight years, pursuant to the nuclear deal. Washington has downplayed this, noting that the agreement only grants relief for nuclear-related sanctions, and that the IRGC will benefit minimally if at all, noting that IRGC entities will remain under U.S. sanctions even after the EU has delisted them. more...

4th August 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Obama’s Gift to the Ayatollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, signed this month by the six world powers with Iran lifts a UN arms embargo by 2020, sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile program by 2023, most nuclear restrictions by 2025, and a cap on low-enriched uranium stockpile by 2030. more...

30th July 2015 – The Tower Magazine

Gold Rush: The Dismantling of the Sanctions Regime Against Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With most sanctions scheduled to be lifted on Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal signed in Vienna by Iran with the six world powers charged with negotiating over its nuclear program will inaugurate the rapid revival of Iran’s economy. more...