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Analysis & Commentary - Emanuele Ottolenghi

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23rd March 2017 – Foreign Policy

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

As if the political and economic chaos wracking Venezuela wasn’t worrying enough, a couple of recent stories underscore the potential national security threat brewing there. more...

7th February 2017 – The Hill

Ukraine needs to enforce US sanctions on Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Boris Zilberman

The Ukrainian State Border Guard seized anti-tank missile components, reportedly the AT-4 Spigot, destined for Iran on Jan. 19. The weapons were concealed in the cargo section of a UM Airlines flight from Kiev to Tehran. more...

3rd February 2017 – The Christian Science Monitor

How to handle Hezbollah in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his inaugural address, President Trump pledged to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism “from the face of the earth.” A good place to start is Latin America. more...

13th January 2017 – FDD Research

Should Boeing and Airbus sell planes to Iran Air?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In January 2016, Airbus inked a deal to sell 118 planes to Iran Air, the Islamic Republic’s flag carrier, and in June of that year, Boeing announced it had reached a deal for the sale of 100 aircraft as well. In September, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued initial export licenses for both companies to deliver the jetliners. In November, Airbus received the official export license and just this week delivered its first plane to Iran Air. more...

13th January 2017 – The Hill

Meet Venezuela’s new VP, fan of Iran and Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Facing a parliamentary vote to oust him and a call for new elections, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Jan. 4 replaced Vice President Aristóbulo Istúriz with regime loyalist Tareck El Aissami, the governor of Aragua State. El Aissami's appointment comes at a critical time for the embattled Bolivarian regime. Venezuela's economy is spiraling into chaos under the crushing weight of triple-digit inflation, basic commodities shortages, widespread corruption and violent crime. more...

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...