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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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28th December 2017 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Did Obama Ignore Hezbollah to Secure the Iran Deal?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

“The debate you’re seeing is political,” Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies tells me on a call Wednesday afternoon. “The Obama administration made a pivot in the Middle East towards Iran, which involved relinquishing a number of well-established policies that the United States had pursued in previous decades-- taking the United States in unchartered territories.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

12th January 2018 – Quoted by James Reinl - Arab News

US prosecution drive could weaken Hezbollah in Mideast

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Vigorous prosecutions of Hezbollah’s drug traffickers and other vice units could starve the Iran-backed militia of cash and hurt its military activities in the Middle East, an expert on the group told Arab News. more...

11th January 2018 – Quoted by Jeff Mordock - The Washington Times

Jeff Sessions creates narcoterrorism team to prosecute supporters of Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has created a team to focus on drug trafficking and other crimes by Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militant organization in Lebanon. more...

6th January 2018 – Quoted by Saphora Smith - NBC News

Hurricane-hit countries slash cost of citizenship-by-investment programs

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Caribbean nations ravaged by recent hurricanes are selling citizenship at dramatically discounted prices in an effort to raise emergency funds, sparking concerns that the programs may be vulnerable to abuse. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Diogo Schelp - Veja

Repúdio a todos

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Durante uma semana, as cidades do Irã, em especial as do interior, foram tomadas por protestos populares. As manifestações se iniciaram na quinta-feira, 28 de dezembro, em Mashhad, a segunda maior cidade do país, incitadas por um clérigo local, contra o alto custo de vida e, especificamente, contra um recente aumento no preço do ovo. more...