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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...

5th June 2013 – CNN

Finding the Third Way in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The European Union’s decision last week to allow European nations to arm Syrian rebels was a notable departure from the West’s previous reluctance to intervene in the country’s civil war. more...

3rd June 2013 – National Post

Iran’s Next President Won’t Be a ‘Moderate’

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When Iranian voters go to the polls to elect a new president on June 14, their choice will not matter in any real sense: Whoever wins the contest, the next president won’t be a moderate. more...

30th May 2013 – Standpoint

Lessons From History

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When, in 1936, the Fascists rose against the Spanish Republic, the international community was split as it is today over Syria. And as the civil war rages in Syria, echoes... more...

13th May 2013 – Forbes

Iran’s Car Industry - A Big Sanctions Buster

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Over the past six years, the United States and its European allies have imposed an impressive sanctions regime against Iran. Sanctions have successfully caused severe stress to Iran’s economy... more...

6th May 2013 – Commentary

Has Assad Already Lost Control of Syria’s Chemical Weapons?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

While the debate continues on the administration’s apparent slip of tongue that is causing some much confusion about President Obama’s Syria policy or rather, lack thereof... more...

29th April 2013 – Commentary

The Problem with Iran Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In Today’s National Post, Sara Akrami and Saeed Ghasseminejad highlight the challenge of Western sanctions policy–those in charge in Tehran are still largely getting away with murder:... more...

25th April 2013 – Commentary

Is Jemima Khan Using Relativism to Defend Polygamy?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Back at the Sunday Times, Jemima Khan writes that polygamy is on the rise among Muslims in Great Britain. While hers is a news item rather than an opinion piece, there is no trace of moral... more...

24th April 2013 – Commentary

WMD Deterrence in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

There is one more lesson to draw from Israeli revelations about Syria’s alleged use of sarin gas against insurgents, which Max Boot commented on yesterday. more...

24th April 2013 – Standpoint

Pyongyang’s Ballistic Bluff

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since conducting a third nuclear test in February, North Korea has been escalating its rhetoric and actions ever closer to the brink. Suddenly, the possibility of a second Korean war appears... more...

12th April 2013 – Longitude

Israel Still Stable Amidst the Chaos

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israeli policymakers, much like diplomats, have never been fond of drastic change in their neighborhood. “Better the devil you know…” could be Israel’s foreign policy motto. more...

1st April 2013 – Standpoint

Iran’s Time Bomb

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When US Vice-President Joe Biden finally got to comment on Iran in his recent speech at the policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington D.C., he lowered his voice almost to a whisper... more...

27th March 2013 – CNN

Now Obama Needs to Pressure Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Emanuele Ottolenghi

In a surprise development on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an apology to Turkish Prime Minister Yayyip Erdoğan over the ill-fated May 2010 flotilla conflict on the high seas between Israeli... more...

28th February 2013 – The Jewish Chronicle

As Talks Fizzle Out, an Iranian Reactor Comes to Life

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Despite guarded optimism and the promise of two more rounds of talks in March and April, the latest tranche of nuclear diplomacy between Iran and six world powers, which ended on Wednesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan... more...