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Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

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

Biography:

Emanuele Ottolenghi is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an expert at its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance focused on Iran. His research has examined Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its links to the country’s energy sector and procurement networks. His areas of expertise also include the EU's Middle East policymaking, transatlantic relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Israel's domestic politics. He is author of The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran: The Looming Crisis, and Under a Mushroom Cloud: Europe, Iran and the Bomb.

Prior to joining FDD, 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 blogs at The Hill and has a monthly column in the British current-affairs magazine Standpoint. His columns have also appeared in leading outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Sunday Times.

Emanuele Ottolenghi is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an expert at its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance focused on Iran. His research has examined Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its links to the country’s energy sector and procurement networks. His areas of expertise also include the EU's Middle East policymaking, transatlantic relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Israel's domestic politics. He is author of The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran: The Looming Crisis, and Under a Mushroom Cloud: Europe, Iran and the Bomb.

Prior to joining FDD, 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 blogs at The Hill and has a monthly column in the British current-affairs magazine Standpoint. His columns have also appeared in leading outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Sunday Times.

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Hardliners Set to Dominate Iran’s February Elections

21st January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hardliners Set to Dominate Iran’s February Elections

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration hopes that the Iran nuclear deal reached last July can “strengthen the hand” of Iran’s more pragmatic revolutionaries – particularly President Hassan Rouhani and his allies. more...

Analysis & Commentary

27th April 2016 – The National Interest

Hezbollah: Iran’s Henchmen in Brazil

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Across Latin America, Iran’s public face appears innocuous: mosques, cultural centers, schools, halal meat inspectors, religious literature, social work and even Boy Scout groups. Yet beneath the veneer of piety, outreach and interfaith dialogue, Tehran leverages connections with anti-American regimes and movements to gain a foothold in the region, and to indoctrinate local Muslims in its brand of revolutionary Islam. more...

12th April 2016 – Quoted by Nahal Toosi - POLITICO

Obama aides vexed by visa crackdown

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last December, as the world reeled from the deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, President Barack Obama fully backed lawmakers who passed legislation aimed at keeping out terrorists who try to reach the U.S. through the popular Visa Waiver Program. more...

4th April 2016 – Quoted by Will Fitzgibbon and Martha Hamilton - The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Law Firm’s Files Include Dozens of Companies and People Blacklisted by U.S. Authorities

Emanuele Ottolenghi

One morning in mid-2014, before the summer sun had reached its peak, two elderly men in Aleppo, Syria, sat on plastic chairs, chatting quietly and drinking black coffee. From his perch outside his food stall, Sabri Wahid Asfur and his friend Abu Yassin watched their neighbors go about their day. more...

27th March 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

How Open Borders In Europe Pose A Terror Threat In The US

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Free movement across borders within the European Union aided the perpetrators of the Brussels and Paris terror attacks, and some experts warn terrorists could take advantage of unchecked travel across borders to carry out attacks in the United States. more...