• January 01, 2012|Ali AlfonehMiddle East Quarterly

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards Strike Oil

    In July 2011, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appointed Maj. Gen. Rostam Qassemi of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as oil minister,[1] bringing the number of former IRGC officers in his cabinet to twelve out of eighteen. Yet the

  • June 01, 2011|Ali AlfonehMiddle East Quarterly

    Mixed Response in Iran

    It is too early to tell whether the revolutions sweeping across the Arab world will prove the long awaited "third wave of democratization" or will merely substitute Islamist totalitarianism for the existing secular, authoritarian regimes...

  • March 01, 2011|Ali AlfonehMiddle East Quarterly

    All Ahmadinejad's Men

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's sacking of foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki has opened another chapter in the ongoing power struggle between the president and the supreme leader, Ali Khamene'i. Interpersonal as it may seem, this confrontation...

  • January 01, 2011|Ali AlfonehMiddle East Quarterly

    Khamene'i's Balancing Act

    Seventeen months after the fraudulent June 12, 2009 presidential election, which threw the Islamic Republic into its worst political crisis since the 1979 revolution, and five months into the latest round of international sanctions against Iran,[1]

  • July 21, 2009|Ali AlfonehMEF Wire

    The Situation of Post Election Iran

    Ali Alfoneh is a visiting research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. A doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Copenhagen, Alfoneh researches civil-military relations in Iran, with a special focus on the role of the

  • September 01, 2008|Ali AlfonehMiddle East Quarterly

    The Revolutionary Guards' Role in Iranian Politics

    Almost three decades after the Islamic Republic's founding, former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders are infiltrating the political, economic, and cultural life of Iran. Half the members of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's...

  • January 01, 2007|Ali AlfonehMiddle East Quarterly

    Iran's Suicide Brigades