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Analysis & Commentary - Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi's Latest Books and Briefings

17th April 2018 – FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

State Sponsors of Terrorism: An Examination of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has viewed Latin America as a fertile ground for the export of its revolution. Tehran wants the Western Hemisphere to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran. 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...

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...

26th June 2015 – FDD CSIF

Sanctions Evasion Series

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) is introducing a new publication series focusing on the issue of sanctions evasion. more...

23rd February 2015 – FDD Report

Sanctions Relief under the JPOA

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The White House insists that sanctions relief has provided Iran with less of a windfall than Tehran had hoped. The administration claims, that in the first half of last year, Iran’s direct revenues in cash and non-oil exports were over $2 billion less than Washington had predicted – $4.6 billion rather than $7 billion. more...

1st May 2014 – FDD Press

Allies, Adversaries & Enemies: America’s Increasingly Complex Alliances

Allies, Adversaries & Enemies: America’s Increasingly Complex Alliances

Jonathan Schanzer, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn, Reuel Marc Gerecht, David Andrew Weinberg, Tony Badran, Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Clifford D. May

This volume examines the growing problem of American allies that simultaneously act as Washington’s adversaries or even enemies. This phenomenon, which has markedly grown in recent decades, can be discerned in the U.S.'s bilateral relationships with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, all four of which are examined in extended case studies in this volume. more...

10th January 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Banking Provisions in the Joint Plan of Action Between Iran and the P5+1

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Sanctions against Iran’s banking sector have restricted Iran access to financial markets and services. Iran’s exclusion has had an impact on its ability to procure... more...

9th December 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

The Geneva Joint Plan of Action and Iran’s Petrochemical Sector

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Joint Plan of Action (JPA) signed on November 24 between Iran and the P5+1, stipulates a set of mutual concessions for a six-month period while... more...

25th April 2013 – Speakers Action Group

A Sea Of Troubles: The Current Disarray In The Middle East

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi addresses the Speakers Action Group on the current disarray in the Middle East. Watch the lecture here... more...

15th March 2012 – Center for Independent Studies - Australia

From Tehran to Tahrir Square: Is Freedom Really Sweeping the Middle East?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

At the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011, Western nations around the world held their breath and hoped that the chaotic uprisings on the streets of Egypt and neighbouring countries would herald democracy in the Middle East. It’s been a year since the movement began and much has changed – or has it? Real and robust democracy has a long way to go before becoming commonplace in the Middle East. What is really happening behind the scenes and away from the news cameras? And how can the West help this transition? more...

23rd November 2011 – The 37th Interparliamentary Meeting Between European Parliament and Knesset

Common Threats, Different Approaches

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israel, the EU and the U.S. confront the challenge of a nuclear Iran more...

3rd September 2011 – FDD Press

The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enqelab-e Eslami) is more commonly known as Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), or the Pasadran. Sworn by an oath of loyalty to Iran's Supreme Leader, the IRGC is the regime's Praetorian Guard, the custodian of its nuclear program, and now a juggernaut in Iran's economy. more...

9th November 2010 –

Iran: The Looming Crisis

Iran: The Looming Crisis

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since Iran's illicit nuclear program was first exposed to a stunned world in 2002, Tehran has defied the international community and continued to pursue its nuclear goals. What drives this seemingly apocalyptic quest? Are Iran's aims rational or not? And will the latest sanctions against Iran that were approved by the UN Security Council in June 2010 have any significant effect? more...