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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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Deal or no deal, Trump should punish Iran’s aviation sector

5th May 2018 – The Hill

Deal or no deal, Trump should punish Iran’s aviation sector

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The decision on whether or not Boeing should sell passenger aircraft to Iran should not be made by Boeing, but by President Trump, says FDD’s Emanuele Ottolenghi in his latest piece for The Hill. He also argues why targeting Iran’s aviation sector should be a priority of President Trump’s – independent of the nuclear deal. more...

Analysis & Commentary

11th May 2018 – Quoted by Michael Cutler - Front Page Magazine

Congressional Hearing: Iranian Sleeper Cells Threaten U.S.

Emanuele Ottolenghi

It has been said that the first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge the existence of the problem. It has also been said that where there is a will, there is a way. more...

10th May 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi joins the John Batchelor show to discuss US secondary sanctions to end airplane deals with Iran. more...

5th May 2018 – The Hill

Deal or no deal, Trump should punish Iran’s aviation sector

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The decision on whether or not Boeing should sell passenger aircraft to Iran should not be made by Boeing, but by President Trump, says FDD’s Emanuele Ottolenghi in his latest piece for The Hill. He also argues why targeting Iran’s aviation sector should be a priority of President Trump’s – independent of the nuclear deal. more...

26th April 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

GOP lawmaker pushes Boeing to cancel Iran contracts

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., is pushing Boeing to take the final step of canceling an agreement to sell dozens of jetliners to Iran, under an agreement reached after the 2015 implementation of the nuclear deal between the regime and leading world powers. more...