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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.
Iran: Rouhani Fights the Revolutionary Guards, Not AP

Iran: Rouhani Fights the Revolutionary Guards, Not Corruption

Iran ranked 144th out of 175 on Transparency International's 2013 Corruption Perception Index. This is not a joke: Iran shared the position with Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Ukraine. It is no wonder why Rouhani is trying to expose the corruption of his predecessor.
01/09/2014 01:06 EST
Who Is in Charge of Iran's Syria

Who Is in Charge of Iran's Syria Policy?

"A government which bombards its own population with chemical weapons must face the harsh consequences of it, just like Saddam [Hussein] who brought eternal shame upon himself by bombing Halabja and b...
09/04/2013 11:35 EDT
Iran's Got a New President -- But the Same Old Getty

Iran's Got a New President -- But the Same Old Problems

There's optimism now in Iran, but he history of the Islamic Republic is one of shattered dreams and broken promises. The fate of Mohammad Khatami and the reform movement should serve as a warning for what may be in store for the country's new president, Hasan Rouhani. Certainly, the new cabinet does not bode well for Rouhani's will or ability to "deliver" on reform, which will be hampered by the appointees in key areas such as political and economic liberties, human rights, and the nuclear issue. Worse, Rouhani may become another Khatami: the smiling and humane mask covering the grim face of an inhumane regime.
09/02/2013 07:40 EDT