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Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

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 Hezbollah's Latin America illicit threat networks and Iran's history of sanctions evasion. 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. His columns have also appeared in leading outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and London's 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 Hezbollah's Latin America illicit threat networks and Iran's history of sanctions evasion. 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. His columns have also appeared in leading outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and London's The Sunday Times.

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31st August 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Tri-Border Area Governments Take Action Against Hezbollah Networks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Paraguayan prosecutors ordered the arrest of Hezbollah financier Assad Ahmad Barakat yesterday, shortly after the country’s new president, Mario Abdo Benitez, ordered an investigation into Barakat’s illicit acquisition of a Paraguayan passport this past April. After a long period of turning a blind eye to Hezbollah, governments in the Tri-Border Area (TBA) of South America have begun taking action. more...

Analysis & Commentary

6th September 2018 – Quoted by Benny Avni- New York Post

How Team Trump is making the UN spotlight Iran’s evil

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States has assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council — and that means the council is about to put Iran under the hot lights. more...

31st August 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Tri-Border Area Governments Take Action Against Hezbollah Networks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Paraguayan prosecutors ordered the arrest of Hezbollah financier Assad Ahmad Barakat yesterday, shortly after the country’s new president, Mario Abdo Benitez, ordered an investigation into Barakat’s illicit acquisition of a Paraguayan passport this past April. After a long period of turning a blind eye to Hezbollah, governments in the Tri-Border Area (TBA) of South America have begun taking action. more...

22nd August 2018 – Quoted by Natasha Niebieskikwiat in Clarin

Financiamiento del terrorismo: “En la Triple Frontera los países hablan mucho pero no hacen casi nad

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi trabaja en Washington para la Foundation for Defense of Democracies y es uno de los expertos más agudos en las investigaciones sobre la presencia de Hezbollah en América Latina y en la Triple Frontera que Argentina comparte con Brasil y Paraguay. more...

19th August 2018 – ABC TV

En Detalles

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi joins En Detalles to discuss the network and impacts of Hezbollah in Latin America. more...