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Analysis & Commentary - Emanuele Ottolenghi

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25th September 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani’s Corrupt Cabinet

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Most Western observers welcomed the end of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s term with a sigh of relief, interpreting new president... more...

24th September 2013 – Commentary

Engagement Is Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Obama’s policy of engagement with Iran is back on track–this is the core message of the president’s speech earlier today at the United Nations... more...

23rd September 2013 – Commentary

Syria’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When President Obama addressed the nation two weeks ago, he explained his hesitancy in launching a punitive strike against Syria with his now common... more...

3rd September 2013 – The Tower

Iran Is *Really* Good at Evading Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Ever since Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program was first exposed in 2002, efforts to convince Tehran to abandon the program have focused on two strategies. more...

30th August 2013 – Commentary

About That Special Relationship

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Some are fretting about whether the special relationship that has bound the United States and the United Kingdom since World War II has been damaged... more...

29th August 2013 – Standpoint

Underrated: Benjamin Netanyahu

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Everybody loves to hate Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. When he appeared at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2012... more...

29th August 2013 – Standpoint

Overrated: Hassan Rouhani

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since his surprise victory in Iran's presidential elections in June, Hassan Rouhani has enjoyed undeserved popularity among Western policymakers... more...

29th August 2013 – CNN

All or Nothing in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The expected military strike in Syria fits well into the end of summer schedule. If we are to believe that the missile salvo will commence before the weekend... more...

21st August 2013 – The Australian

Hezbollah’s Other Wing Must be Clipped

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last month, when the EU decided to designate Hezbollah's military wing a terrorist organisation, it embraced a policy that Australia adopted in 2003. more...

20th August 2013 – The Commentator

What are Western Vital Interests in the Middle East?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Egypt’s descent into mayhem is understandably keeping policymakers focused on the short-term challenge of making violence subside. Long-term policy... more...

20th August 2013 – Commentary

The Madness of King Erdogan

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Hamas to Istanbul in 2006, shortly after the Islamist terrorist organization won parliamentary... more...

16th August 2013 – Commentary

Caring for Pigs More Than for Humans

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Reading Jonathan Tobin’s take on Scandinavian outrage with the Israeli ambassador to Norway, who dared compare the release of Palestinian murderers... more...

15th August 2013 – Commentary

Re: Confronting the End of European Jewry

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Earlier this week, Jonathan Tobin thoughtfully weighed in on Michel Gurfinkiel’s brilliant article at Mosaic Magazine on the paradox of Jewish life in Europe. more...

22nd July 2013 – Commentary

EU’s Moral Confusion on Terrorism

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Today, the European Union decided to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terror list. This is a welcome, if belated, step, given that it took the EU... more...

10th July 2013 – National Post

Iran’s New President a Reformist? Hardly.

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Say what you wish about Iran’s newly elected president’s supposedly moderate credentials. There is little doubt that Hassan Rouhani won the vote... more...

28th June 2013 – Standpoint

Middle-Eastern Myths

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Western policy responses to the growing Middle Eastern turmoil in the last two years have ranged from delusion to paralysis. After prematurely welcoming democracy... more...

27th June 2013 – The Jerusalem Post

Iran’s Latin America Strategy

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Speaking in Washington at the annual dinner of the American Jewish Committee in May 2007, Argentina’s then-senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner publicly... more...

19th June 2013 – Commentary

EU Effort to Blacklist Hezbollah Fails

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Here’s an interesting headline’s role reversal: “The EU lists Hezbollah as a terrorist organization”–plausible but false. “The Gulf Security Council designates Hezbollah... more...

18th June 2013 – Commentary

Focus on Chemical Weapons in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Two and half years into the Syrian civil war, with 93,000 confirmed deaths and counting, more than 5 million displaced civilians (that’s 25 percent of the entire population)... more...

12th June 2013 – Commentary

Neither Assad Nor the Jihadists

Emanuele Ottolenghi

After two years of assuming that while “Assad must go” there is no need for Western powers to do anything much to facilitate that outcome, recent events in Syria... more...