Ali Alfoneh 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East


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Ali Alfoneh is an Iran analyst based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the author of Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards is Transforming Iran from Theocracy into Military Dictatorship, published by the AEI Press in April 2013.

Alfoneh grew up in Tehran, but moved to Denmark with his family in 1988. In 1993, he ran for public office, and served as elected member of the Herlev City Council from 1994 to 1998. His work experience includes various positions at the Federation of Danish Industries, the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party of Denmark, a lectureship in political economy at the University of Southern Denmark from 2003 to 2004, and a research fellowship at the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College from 2004 to 2006. In the United States, Alfoneh worked as a research fellow at American Enterprise Institute (AEI) from 2007 to 2013, and as a senior fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) from 2013 to 2016.

Alfoneh is a political scientist by training and holds a B.A. and a M.A. from the University of Copenhagen. He speaks Persian, Danish, English, and reads German.