WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Ali Alfoneh has joined the institute as a visiting scholar, and Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi is its newest non-resident fellow.
Ali Alfoneh is the author of Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards are Transforming Iran from Theocracy into Military Dictatorship, published by AEI Press in April 2013. Alfoneh grew up in Tehran but moved to Denmark in 1988. He served as an elected member of the Herlev City Council from 1994-98 (Social Democrats). His professional experience includes various positions at the Press and Information Office of 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, and a research fellowship at the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College. Alfoneh has worked as a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and as a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Since 2016, Alfoneh has worked as the main Iran analyst for The Arab Weekly, and is a nonresident senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council. Alfoneh is a political scientist by training and holds a BA and an MA from the University of Copenhagen.