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26th March 2015 – Standpoint Magazine

Fait Pas Accompli

Emanuele Ottolenghi

How bad is the nuclear deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran? The American public would not know the answer, had it not been for the speech that Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, delivered to a joint session of the US Congress on March 3. more...

25th March 2015 – Business Insider

The Sanctions on Iran Are Already Falling Apart

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran gave Tehran’s economy only limited sanctions relief and that it can respond to Iranian misbehavior by snapping back sanctions at any time in. more...

16th March 2015 – The National Interest

A House Undivided: Israel’s New Consensus Politics

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israelis go to the polls on March 17, and in a time-honored tradition, international pundits are hoping for a political earthquake. This ballot, they say, will finally and completely determine whether Israel ever makes peace with the Palestinians, whether its inter-communal tension will devolve into civil war and whether it can stop an Iranian nuclear bomb before it is too late. more...

26th February 2015 – The Jewish Chronicle

What Evidence? Guardian Presents Dodgy Dossier on Iran’s Bomb Project

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Guardian and al Jazeera were handed another treasure trove of leaked intelligence files this week, purportedly from a South African intelligence source. The documents include dossiers allegedly supplied by Mossad to its South African counterpart. more...

25th February 2015 – Standpoint

Belittling Anti-Semitism

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The pan-European response to the slaughter of four Jews at a Parisian kosher supermarket in January was commendable. more...

20th February 2015 – Forbes

Why The U.S. Can’t Trust Iran And Its Nuclear Plans

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama Administration insists Iran has honored its interim nuclear-agreement commitments and that its progress in enrichment has been halted. more...

6th February 2015 – The Daily Caller

Obama Misses The Point Of Iran Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama reiterated his threat to veto legislation that would trigger new sanctions if diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program runs aground. more...

29th January 2015 – Business Insider

Iran’s History Of Nuclear Deceit Is Why There Hasn’t Been A Deal Yet

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his State of the Union last week, President Barack Obama warned Congress that the threat of new sanctions on Iran would “all but guarantee that diplomacy fails – alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again.” more...

26th January 2015 – US News and World Report

Iran’s Glitter Isn’t Gold

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since obtaining sanctions relief from the West under a twice-extended interim nuclear agreement, Iran has touted the steady stream of visiting trade and political delegations to Tehran. more...

11th January 2015 – Radio Farda

چرا آمریکا نباید از شکست مذاکرات با ایران بترسد

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

یک سال پس از امضای قرارداد موقت با ایران، دولت آمریکا دریافته است که دستیابی به یک توافق هسته‌ای جامع، دور از ذهن است. more...

9th January 2015 – New York Daily News

The Long, Bloody Trail That Led to the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

The writing was on the wall for the grizzly massacre at the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent, deadly hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket in Paris. more...

22nd December 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Repressive Apparatus Gets a Raise

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

To pay for it, Rouhani will have to tax a disgruntled middle class. Luckily he’ll have well-paid Guards to quash any potential unrest. more...

22nd December 2014 – The National Interest

How Iran Uses Dual Citizenship in the Caribbean to Skirt Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) is a miniscule Caribbean nation whose biggest employer is the state sugar corporation and whose currency features wading sea turtles and the visage of Queen Elizabeth II. more...

17th December 2014 – Standpoint

A Sham Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The 24 November deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran came and went with no deal and the likelihood of further delays in 2015. Both the Obama Administration and its European allies are adamant that we have never before been as close to a deal as we are today. Delicate diplomatic issues, after all, require time. more...

15th December 2014 – National Interest

How Iran Is Skirting Sanctions in the Southern Caucasus

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Unless Western governments pay more attention to Iranian efforts to defy the international community, Tehran will continue to elude export restrictions and bypass sanctions through the South Caucasus. more...

30th November 2014 – Real Clear World

Iran Extension Foreshadows a Bad Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The deadline for a nuclear deal came and went Monday with no agreement - just a seven-month extension of the interim agreement. Public comments by Western and Iranian officials, as well as media reports, suggest that enough progress has been made since Iran and the six world powers signed the interim agreement in Geneva last year to justify carrying on talking. more...

28th November 2014 – The Jewish Chronicle

Why the Delay to the Iran Deal Weakens the West

Emanuele Ottolenghi

What can a few more months of negotiations achieve that 11 years, including the last 12 months of marathon talks, could not have done already? more...

26th November 2014 – Standpoint

Europe’s Double Standards

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Both the European Union and the Obama administration insist that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict needs urgent solution through the establishment of a Palestinian state. Both paint a bleak future for Israel unless the territories Israel conquered in 1967 are turned over to the Palestinian Authority before long. more...

26th November 2014 – Business Insider

Why The US Shouldn’t Be So Afraid Of The Nuclear Negotiations With Iran Collapsing

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year after signing an interim agreement with Iran, the US administration has discovered the hard way that a comprehensive nuclear accord remains elusive. more...

5th November 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Hidden Unemployment Figures

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani came into office in August 2013 promising better governance and economic reform. more...