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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:

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 Iran. 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 and has a monthly column in the British current-affairs magazine Standpoint. His columns have also appeared in leading outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and 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 Iran. 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 and has a monthly column in the British current-affairs magazine Standpoint. His columns have also appeared in leading outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Sunday Times.

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Hardliners Set to Dominate Iran’s February Elections

21st January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hardliners Set to Dominate Iran’s February Elections

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration hopes that the Iran nuclear deal reached last July can “strengthen the hand” of Iran’s more pragmatic revolutionaries – particularly President Hassan Rouhani and his allies. more...

Analysis & Commentary

10th February 2016 – Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Obama official: Iranian law won’t dictate new visa rules

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration will not rely solely on the laws of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in determining who is a dual national and thus ineligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa, a senior U.S. official told POLITICO on Wednesday. more...

4th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: U.S. Must Ground Iranian Airline that Transports Troops, Weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States’ failure to ground a sanctioned Iranian airline that provides logistical support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria underscores a severe loss of American credibility, which the Obama administration should immediately act to restore by penalizing companies and financial institutions that allow the airline to operate, Emanuele Ottolenghi, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an op-ed (Google link) published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal. more...

3rd February 2016 – The Wall Street Journal Europe

Flying in the Face of U.S. Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Mahan Air is an Iranian passenger airline that also happens to be a favorite with the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC uses Mahan planes to ferry weapons and personnel to aid the Syrian regime. That’s according to the U.S. government, which has repeatedly committed itself to grounding the airline. Yet Mahan continues to fly the friendly Middle East skies and is even expanding its operations. more...

1st February 2016 – Quoted by Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

What Message Iran Was Sending By Awarding Medals to Those Who Captured US Sailors

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the U.S. and Iran aim to position their nuclear deal to the public, a new provocation by Iran’s supreme leader, experts say, was meant to show there remain limits to the countries’ relationship. more...