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Analysis & Commentary - Emanuele Ottolenghi

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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...

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...