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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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3rd June 2014 – Forbes

Prepaid Cards May Be Iran’s Latest Sanctions-Busting Tactic

Emanuele Ottolenghi

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Analysis & Commentary

21st October 2014 – The National Interest

A Revival of Sanctions: How to Get Iran to Compromise on a Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The sanctions relief provided by the Obama administration has helped the Iranian economy to the point where Iran doesn't see a need to make concessions on a nuclear deal. Time to increase pressure on Tehran. more...

15th October 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-China-Russia Triangle

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A wave of U.S. and EU financial sanctions aimed at Russia following its annexation of Crimea in the summer of 2014 have brought Russia and Iran closer. However, Russia is not the only economy that Iran is sounding out for closer ties. more...

7th October 2014 – The Jewish Chronicle

Soon, Only Obstacle to an Iranian Bomb Will Be the Israeli Air Force

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the November 24 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, there is no sign of an agreement. more...

6th October 2014 – Sun News Network

The Source with Ezra Levant

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi comments on the Islamic State's advance towards Kobani. more...