Transatlantic Institute Names Emanuele Ottolenghi as New Director

Transatlantic Institute Names Emanuele Ottolenghi as New Director

August 28, 2006 Brussels – The Transatlantic Institute has named Emanuele Ottolenghi as its new executive director. The Oxford University scholar, a recognized expert on transatlantic relations and Middle East affairs, will join the institute’s staff in Brussels on September 4.


“The Transatlantic Institute is a unique initiative that has made an indelible mark on relations between Europe and the United States, deepening mutual understanding in the cause of our shared interests as western democracies,” said Ottolenghi.


Founded in February 2004, the Transatlantic Institute is an American Jewish Committee initiative of international diplomacy. The institute is a non-partisan think tank dedicated to addressing the issue of how Europe and the United States can work effectively together.


“I am a strong believer in the importance of transatlantic relations,” said Ottolenghi. “Despite recent tensions, I am convinced that what binds Europe and the U.S. is stronger than what may occasionally divide them.”


The institute’s monthly programs on trends in Europe, transatlantic relations and the Middle East, regularly draw large audiences from the diplomatic and political communities in Brussels, as well as news media. Among its more notable projects was a report on Arab satellite TV in Europe, which revealed the broadcasting of venomous hate into homes across the continent.


“The Transatlantic Institute is fortunate to have Emanuele Ottolenghi at its helm to actively advance the institute’s mission and goals,” said Louis Perlmutter, chairman of the Transatlantic Institute. “The overriding goal of the institute is to renew and strengthen the transatlantic partnership in the realization that we can learn a great deal from each other and develop constructive, forward looking solutions to common problems.”


Ottolenghi comes to Brussels from a distinguished academic career. He is widely regarded as an important source for news media. His op-ed articles have appeared in the National Review, New York Sun, Jerusalem Post, the Guardian, among other leading newspapers and magazine.


Prior to joining the Transatlantic Institute, he was the Leone Ginzburg Research Fellow in Israel Studies at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the Middle East Center at St. Antony’s College. He has held positions at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as the University of New South Wales, in Australia.


Born in Bologna, Italy, Ottolenghi speaks English, French, Hebrew and Italian.

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