Ali Alfoneh

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Iran Unveiled

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The Iranian regime, traditionally ruled by the Shia clergy, is transforming into a military dictatorship dominated by the officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The rise of the IRGC is bound to challenge the interests of the United States in the Middle East and beyond.

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An Iranian woman in hijab. Image credit: Ed Yourdon (Flickr) (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Iranian students who are members of the Basij militia, a part of the Iran Revolutionary Guard, hold placards with cartoons of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (2nd L) and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (L) and anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans (3rd L) while standing behind a symbolic coffin of the U.S. and Israel during a protest in front of the United Nations' office in Tehran February 27, 2011.

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An angry cleric addressing the assembly of prayers at the Tehran University compound slams the United States backed ousting of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh’s government in 1953.

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Ali Alfoneh discusses Iran’s factionalized media on Al Jazeera English.

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What’s hot on the shelf? Check out reading suggestions from AEI foreign & defense policy’s Ali Alfoneh.

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Ali Alfoneh discusses EU sanctions against the Islamic Republic on BBC Persian TV.

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to his supporters during his meeting with students in Tehran November 2, 2011.

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Khamenei’s stance may be defiant in the face of international sanctions, but he’s having difficulties persuading his fellow clerics of it.

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