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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Iran’s Hard-Line Media: “Do Not Show Mercy to Criminals” 

The September 23 edition of the Iran Media Review considers warnings to protesters from media outlets close to the IRGC. 

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IRGC Media Prepares the Ground for Harsher Suppression of Protests in Iran

The September 21 edition of the Iran Media Review considers state-censored media reactions to widespread protests spurred by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

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Khamenei Resurrected From Death Bed

The September 20 edition of the Iran Media Review examines Iranian state-censored media efforts to discredit foreign reports of the supreme leader’s poor health.

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Arbaeen Pilgrimage to Karbala: From Demonstration of Power to Public Relations Debacle

The September 16 edition of the Iran Media Review examines reactions to this year’s Arbaeen pilgrimage.

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Iran “Will Engage in Countermeasures,” to Defend Armenia Mashregh News Warns Azerbaijan

The September 15 edition of the Iran Media Review examines warning messages to Azerbaijan regarding the Iran-Armenia border.

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Iranian-Saudi Negotiations: Diplomatic Enthusiasm, Analytical Skepticism

The September 13 edition of the Iran Media Review considers comments by Iranian analysts regarding factors that could derail nuclear negotiations.

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Fars News Republishes Kayhan Daily’s 2007 Incendiary Editorial on Bahrain

The September 12 edition of the Iran Media Review evaluates reactions to a GCC statement of support regarding UAE sovereignty over the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa islands.

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Who in Iran Benefits From Sanctions?

The September 9 edition of the Iran Media Review reflects on statements from a former Iranian vice president regarding government bodies and officials who benefit from U.S. sanctions.

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IRGC Navy Warns Arab States Against Cooperation With Israel

The September 6 Iran Media Review considers threats around an Israeli naval presence in the region.