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Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Ali Alfoneh is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a top expert on Iran and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and a political scientist. For his book, “Iran Unveiled,” he originated the thesis that the Islamic Republic is transforming into a military dictatorship. His thesis was first published in 2005, and has since been adopted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Alfoneh is also the author of the definitive series of articles on Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, the IRGC’s extraterritorial operations branch, and is the author of a forthcoming AEI Press title on the IRGC.