Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi

Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi

Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi is director of the Transatlantic Institute, a Brussels-based think tank.

Iran’’s Deceptive Commercial Practices

| April 15, 2008

Sanctions against Iran focus on nuclear and ballistic missile technology, drawing a distinction between legitimate and illegitimate trade. But a closer look at Iran’s commercial practices proves that Iran is systematically abusing its access to Western technology. Technology it is acquiring for civilian projects or for legitimate policing
activities is being diverted in order to bolster Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and its overwhelming economic role in Iran; and also for the development of Iran’s clandestine nuclear activities.