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Analysis & Commentary - Emanuele Ottolenghi

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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...

27th July 2015 – The Hill Times

Canada Is Right Not To Lift Iran Sanctions Prematurely

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that six world powers signed with Iran earlier this month will soon remove most international sanctions in exchange for Iran’s acceptance of long-term restrictions on its nuclear program. more...

27th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Under Iran Agreement, U.S. Will Delist All Entities Controlled by Supreme Leader

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Of all the sanctions to be lifted in last week’s Iran nuclear agreement, few are more significant than those against a shadowy $100-billion network of foundations belonging to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. more...

25th July 2015 – Business Insider

The Nuclear Deal Gives a Dangerous Amount of Atomic Expertise to Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that the six world powers signed with Iran last week commits the United States to eventually removing a ban on Iranian graduate students applying for advanced degrees in nuclear sciences at American universities. more...

19th July 2015 – The Sunday Times

Obama Has One Aim: Making Friends With the Mullahs

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's nuclear arsenal will have to wait a decade. But with the signing of a nuclear deal in Vienna, the road is open for Tehran to rule the Middle East. more...

17th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Nuclear Deal’s Impact on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

One of the foremost beneficiaries of the Iran nuclear deal signed this week is the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the militia-cum-business empire whose clout has grown exponentially over the last decade and now controls at least one-sixth of the Iranian economy. more...

12th July 2015 – The Canberra Times

Iran’s Very Active Posture Against IS in Iraq Finds No Match in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Since her return from Tehran in April, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has argued that Iran can be a reliable partner in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. At the Paris talks this month she called for Iran to be included in the coalition fighting IS. more...

12th July 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

In Iran We Trust? Illegal Purchases of Nuclear Weapons Technology continued to June ‘15

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Can Iran be trusted to uphold the nuclear deal being finalized in Vienna? Can the Obama administration its partners in the P5+1 be trusted to hold Iran’s feet to the fire in case of violations? more...