Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow, AGSIW

Ali Alfoneh is a senior fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He is a political scientist by training and the originator of the theory of transformation of the Islamic Republic into a military dictatorship. Alfoneh first put forward the theory in the spring 2006 edition of Udenrigs, journal of The Danish Foreign Policy Society. In the United States since 2007, Alfoneh advanced the theory in a series of essays published by the American Enterprise Institute culminating in Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards are Transforming Iran from Theocracy into Military Dictatorship published by AEI Press in April 2013. He is also the author of Political Succession in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Demise of the Clergy and the Rise of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (2020).

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The Philosopher’s Council to Iran’s Philosopher King

The November 29 edition of the Iran Media Review examines interviews with academics who call for the regime to “recognize other political forces” to avoid “violent change.”

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Blaming “Separatists” for Protests at Home, Iran Continues Shelling Iraqi Kurdistan

The November 25 edition of the Iran Media Review considers IRGC statements regarding Kurdish “separatists” and its attacks on these groups based in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

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Kayhan Newspaper Slams Elections in Bahrain, but in Reality Describes Elections in Iran

The November 22 edition of the Iran Media Review considers commentary by Iranian media outlets on Bahrain’s parliamentary elections.

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Iran’s “Martyrs of Public Security” Reach 53

The November 18 edition of the Iran Media Review considers the unprecedented number of security forces killed during recent protests in Iran.

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Morality Police “Not Backing Down,” Yet Seem to be Backing Down – for Now

The November 15 edition of the Iran Media Review highlights contradictory messages from Iran’s morality police regarding enforcing the hijab mandate.

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Facing Rising Death Toll in Sistan and Baluchistan Province, the Regime Turns Against Local Sunni Leader

The November 10 edition of the Iran Media Review explores harsh criticism in Iran’s state-censored media of Sunni religious leader Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi.

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Iranian Editor’s Damning Assessment of President Raisi’s Record, Call for Free Elections

The November 8 edition of the Iran Media Review highlights the increasing criticism of the administration of President Ebrahim Raisi by center to center-right political columnists.

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IRGC Chief to Saudi Arabia: “We Shall Bereave You of Your Calm”

The November 4 edition of the Iran Media Review considers hostile statements made toward Saudi Arabia.

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“Bad Company”: Iranian Commentators on Putin

The November 1 edition of the Iran Media Review explores criticism of the Iranian regime’s close cooperation with Russia.

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Attack in Shiraz May Herald Fierce Regime Suppression of Protests

The October 28 edition of the Iran Media Review demonstrates how the Iranian regime is taking advantage of an attack claimed by ISIL to fiercely suppress protesters.