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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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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