Enzo Viscusi

Current Position:

Eni Group Senior Vice President. Concurrently, Chairman of Eni’s affiliates Eni Petroleum Company Inc. and Sonsub International Inc. Director of American Agip Co., Inc. From September 1997 to December 1999, based at Eni headquarters in Rome as Group Senior Vice President, International Ventures and Corporate Communications.

Board Memberships:

  • Aspen Institute Italia (played a key role in its founding)
  • Foreign Policy Association (Executive Committee)
  • Council of the US and Italy (Executive Committee)
  • Institute for Contemporary Art/PS 1 Museum (Chairman of Nominating Committee)
  • Erick Hawkins Dance Company
  • The Mid-Atlantic Club of New York (Executive Committee)
  • The Eurasia Group
  • United Nations Association of the United States of America

Other Affiliations and Awards:

  • The Council on Foreign Relations (Member of the Economic Sanctions and Energy Task Forces and member of the Middle East Strategy Group)
  • The Economic Club of New York
  • The International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
  • The Century Association
  • John F. Kennedy School of Government , Harvard University (Member Deans Council)
  • The Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies (Special Advisor)
  • East West Studies (Finance Committee)
  • Business Council for International Understanding
  • Business Executives for National Security
  • Rice University James A. Baker II Institute for Public Policy task force on Strategic Energy Policy: Roadmap for a New Century
  • Instituto de Empresa ( Spanish Business School – International Advisory Board)
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Advisory Council)
  • RAND ‘s Centre for Middle East Public Policy (Advisory Board)
  • Museum of Television & Radio (International Advisory Council)
  • Museum of the City of New York (President’s Council)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (Vice Chairman, International Business Committee)
  • Guggenheim Museum (Business Committee)
  • Mariinsky Kirov Theatre, St. Petersburg (Global Advisory Board)
  • Conferred the titles of Commendatore by President Pertini and of Cavaliere by President Cossiga for contributions to enhancing the Italy-US Relationship
  • Middle East Institute, Columbia University Advisory Board
  • Brookings Institution

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Does America really ‘share values’ with today’s Israel?

In the late sixties or early seventies, when I served as the executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, the coordinating body for certain social action and interreligious activities of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform national rabbinical and congregational organizations in the United States, I had a private conversation—one of many—with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who was considered the leader of modern Orthodoxy in the United States, if not the world.

Rabbi Soloveitchik had just completed a high-level seminar attended by a select group of rabbis and Christian ministers. I asked him if he would agree to lead another such a seminar on the Jewish attachment to the Land of Israel and the concept of “kedushat haaretz” (the holiness of the land), and how these are to be differentiated from concepts such as “blut und boden” (blood and land) at the heart of German fascism and other totalitarian regimes.

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