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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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Iran Air participates in Syrian airlift, but Obama does nothing

16th September 2016 – The Hill

Iran Air participates in Syrian airlift, but Obama does nothing

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week, the Obama administration admitted, during a congressional hearing, that it had authorized cash payments to Iran, timed with the release of U.S. hostages, in January. Cash was reportedly loaded onto an unmarked Iranian cargo plane before it was flown back to Tehran. more...

Analysis & Commentary

26th September 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Begins Mass Producing New Ballistic Missile After Successful Test Launch

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran released a video on Sunday showing the test-firing of a new ballistic missile that it has started mass producing, Tasnim News Agency reported. more...

22nd September 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

U.S. Approves Aircraft Sales to Iran, Which Continues to Fly Troops, Arms to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States Treasury Department has approved licenses for Boeing and Airbus to export planes to Iran, even as the Islamic Republic continues to fly troops and arms to Syria, Reuters reported Wednesday. more...

16th September 2016 – The Hill

Iran Air participates in Syrian airlift, but Obama does nothing

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week, the Obama administration admitted, during a congressional hearing, that it had authorized cash payments to Iran, timed with the release of U.S. hostages, in January. Cash was reportedly loaded onto an unmarked Iranian cargo plane before it was flown back to Tehran. more...

1st September 2016 – Quoted by Michael Hernandez - Anadolu Agency

Iran plane deals threaten boost in support for Assad

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Leading aviation companies are pushing ahead with the planned sale of commercial aircraft to Iran despite fears they could be helping Tehran airlift weapons and troops to the Syrian government. more...