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Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Syria, Europe, Iran - Human Rights, Israel, Hezbollah, Palestinian Politics, Iran, Iran - Sanctions

Biography:

A unique combination of analytical skills, scholarship and grasp of international crises, make Emanuele Ottolenghi a valued member of FDD's staff.

Dr. Ottolenghi is a leader for his work on Iran. He has advised several foreign ministries in Europe, and testified before the Canadian and European parliaments.  Dr. Ottolenghi's extensive research exposed the connections between Iran's energy companies and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the paramilitary organization responsible for the regime's political repression and international terrorism activities.

A unique combination of analytical skills, scholarship and grasp of international crises, make Emanuele Ottolenghi a valued member of FDD's staff.

Dr. Ottolenghi is a leader for his work on Iran. He has advised several foreign ministries in Europe, and testified before the Canadian and European parliaments.  Dr. Ottolenghi's extensive research exposed the connections between Iran's energy companies and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the paramilitary organization responsible for the regime's political repression and international terrorism activities.

Dr. Ottolenghi believes Western countries should redouble their efforts and ensure that Iran's procurement networks and IRGC companies, at home and abroad, are named, shamed, and banished from the polite company of the corporate world. He also believes that Western toughness against Iran's human rights abuses would spur progress in the nuclear standoff.

Dr. Ottolenghi addressed these matters in his 2010 book, Iran: The Looming Crisis - Can the West Live with Iran's Nuclear Threat? It updates his 2009 work, Under a Mushroom Cloud: Europe, Iran and the Bomb, and includes an analysis of President Obama's overtures to Iran, the disputed re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the latest developments in Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, the diplomatic stalemate and domestic protests against the clerical regime. The former chief of the United Kingdom's Defence Staff, General Lord Charles Guthrie, praised Under a Mushroom Cloud as "an important contribution to the debate about Europe's approach to Iran." His most recent book, The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, released in September 2011.

Among Dr. Ottolenghi other areas of domain expertise are Israel's domestic politics, constitutional issues, political trends and elections; the Arab-Israeli conflict; terrorism and security; Italian foreign policy; the EU's Middle East policymaking; and transatlantic relations.

Dr. Ottolenghi headed the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels and taught Israel Studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford University. He obtained his Ph.D. in political theory at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, preceded by undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Bologna. Dr. Ottolenghi currently resides in Washington, DC.

He has a column in the British monthly, Standpoint Magazine and blogs on Contentions, the Blog of Commentary Magazine. His columns have appeared on many English-language publications, including Newsday, Commentary, the National Review Online, The Middle East Quarterly, The Guardian, The Australian, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Star, and the Wall Street Journal Europe; European-language publications such as Die Welt (German), Rezpekt (Czech), Il Corriere del Ticino, L'Unità, il Foglio and Libero (Italian). He writes regularly for Italian newspapers such as Il Riformista and Liberal.

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The Nuclear Deal’s Impact on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

17th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Nuclear Deal’s Impact on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

One of the foremost beneficiaries of the Iran nuclear deal signed this week is the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the militia-cum-business empire whose clout has grown exponentially over the last decade and now controls at least one-sixth of the Iranian economy. more...

Analysis & Commentary

28th August 2015 – Standpoint

This Deal Is No Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna in July will not prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. All it will do is postpone Iran getting the bomb. In exchange for Tehran’s acquiescence, the deal legitimises Iran’s nuclear achievements and strengthens its regime. more...

23rd August 2015 – CTV

CTV News

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the future of diplomatic relations between Britain and Iran. more...

18th August 2015 – Quoted by Alex Anderson and Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

The Future of Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran, Explained in 90 Seconds

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Under a deal requiring Iran to curb its nuclear program, the United States and the broader international community will lift sanctions on Tehran imposed over several decades. The Obama administration has said the deal will give Iran relief from nuclear-related sanctions, and not impact other sanctions aimed at Tehran over its sponsorship of terrorism and human rights abuses. more...

17th August 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Even Seemingly Harmless Investments in Iran Will Flow to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Proponents of the Iran nuclear agreement say assisting Iran out of its economic isolation could help prop up more moderate elements within the Islamic Republic. By any standard, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, fails the moderation test: it is Tehran’s ideological vanguard, responsible for exporting the revolution abroad and enforcing its rule at home. more...