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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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Why The US Shouldn’t Be So Afraid Of The Nuclear Negotiations With Iran Collapsing

26th November 2014 – Business Insider

Why The US Shouldn’t Be So Afraid Of The Nuclear Negotiations With Iran Collapsing

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year after signing an interim agreement with Iran, the US administration has discovered the hard way that a comprehensive nuclear accord remains elusive. more...

Analysis & Commentary

17th December 2014 – Standpoint

A Sham Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The 24 November deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran came and went with no deal and the likelihood of further delays in 2015. Both the Obama Administration and its European allies are adamant that we have never before been as close to a deal as we are today. Delicate diplomatic issues, after all, require time. more...

15th December 2014 – Cited by The Tower

With Sanctions Relief Looming, Iran Prepares to Open for Business

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Expecting an end to sanctions, Iranian manufacturers are preparing to open for business with the West, according to a report Friday in The New York Times. more...

15th December 2014 – National Interest

How Iran Is Skirting Sanctions in the Southern Caucasus

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Unless Western governments pay more attention to Iranian efforts to defy the international community, Tehran will continue to elude export restrictions and bypass sanctions through the South Caucasus. more...

10th December 2014 – Quoted by Mahmut Hamsici - BBC Türkçe

İran’daki yolsuzluk operasyonu ne anlama geliyor?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

İran'da bugünlerde ülke tarihinin en büyük yolsuzluk operasyonlarından biri yapılıyor. Operasyonda 20 kişi gözaltına alındı, 30 kişi ifadeye çağırıldı. Bu kişilerin arasında birçok üst düzey bürokrat da bulunuyor. more...