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23rd December 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Sanctions Airline Ferrying Fighters for Assad

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The U.S. Treasury announced new Syria sanctions on Friday, including on Cham Wings, Syria’s second-largest carrier. Privately owned by businessman Issam Shammout, Cham Wings has been blacklisted by the Department of Commerce since 2011. more...

23rd December 2016 – Foreign Policy

To Combat Illegal Immigration, Trump Should Target Latin America’s Hezbollah-Narco Nexus

Emanuele Ottolenghi, John Hannah

President-elect Donald Trump staked much of his successful campaign on stopping illegal immigration. Yet the flow of migrants is symptomatic of a much larger danger to U.S. security that is rapidly gathering on our southern doorstep. more...

16th December 2016 – The Hill

One way to push back in Syria? Target Iranian airlines.

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's commercial fleet is helping the Bashar Assad regime and its allies commit vast-scale atrocities in Syria. The Obama administration should have punished Tehran's war crimes by going after Iran's aviation sector, without which Iran could not deliver weapons and fighters to Aleppo's killing fields. more...

28th November 2016 – The Hill

Sanctions against Hezbollah in Latin America too often limited

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Sanctions against terror financiers are believed to be among the most effective tools the U.S. government has in its economic warfare arsenal. more...

6th November 2016 – The National Interest

Why Are U.S.-Sanctioned Airlines Still Flying to the Gulf States?

David Andrew Weinberg, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Gulf rulers should recognize that the United States could choose to enforce sanctions against financial intermediaries for Syrian Air. more...

24th October 2016 – The Hill

Cuba, Iran’s island in the sun

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration thinks Iran's influence in Latin America is waning. That means it does not view the 80 or so cultural centers Iran has established across Central and South America as a threat. more...

4th October 2016 – FDD Press

How the Nuclear Deal Enriches Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad, Annie Fixler , Amir Toumaj

During the first week of September, Iranian speedboats twice harassed U.S. Navy ships in international waters near the Strait of Hormuz. Those boats belonged to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...

16th September 2016 – The Hill

Iran Air participates in Syrian airlift, but Obama does nothing

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week, the Obama administration admitted, during a congressional hearing, that it had authorized cash payments to Iran, timed with the release of U.S. hostages, in January. Cash was reportedly loaded onto an unmarked Iranian cargo plane before it was flown back to Tehran. more...

29th August 2016 – The Hill

Iran looks to Latin America to revive missile infrastructure

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With the presidential campaign in full swing, U.S. media may be forgiven for downplaying the news of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's six-nation tour of Latin America last week. His visit, however, should elicit concern in Washington. more...

23rd August 2016 – Forbes

Boeing Should Think Twice Before Iran Sale

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached last year between Iran and six world powers lifted sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector, allowing aircraft manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran. But the fact that those prohibitions have been lifted does not mean that the rationale behind them has changed. more...

29th July 2016 – Jewish Journal

One year on, the Iran deal is still bad

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler

A decade of nuclear negotiations with Iran were meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, force Iran to reveal its past clandestine activities and impose permanent restrictions on Iran’s civil nuclear program. more...

27th July 2016 – The Cipher Brief

Terrorists in our backyard: the Hezbollah threat in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In Latin America, the combination of weak governments, porous borders, widespread corruption, and the lack of adequate legislative tools to combat terror finance creates an ideal environment for transnational organized crime. more...

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...