Iranian Strategic Influence in the Hemisphere: Threats to the Homeland
Joseph M. Humire:
Executive Director, Center for a Secure Free Society
Tuesday, March 12th 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
At The Westminster Institute
6731 Curran Street, McLean, VA 22101
Iran is the most ardent state sponsor of terror in the world. The Western Hemisphere has been victim of Iranian terror in the past, and these attacks paved the way for the growing presence of radical Islamists and Iranian revolutionary guards in Latin America. In the past five years, there have been at least two clear-cut cases in which the Islamic Republic has used Latin America to stage attempted terrorist attacks within the United States. Joseph Humire will look at the presence of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hezbollah in Latin America, including not only military to military cooperation but also their extensive information operations as well as criminal activities and how these might impact U.S. homeland security.
Joseph M. Humire is a global security expert, focusing on the nexus between security, defense, and economic freedom. Humire’s expertise emerges from seven years with the United States Marine Corps, as well as several years of researching crime-terror pipelines throughout the hemisphere. As the Executive Director of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), a new global research and education center, Humire is developing a network of “next generation” security specialists around the world. Prior to this, Humire was the Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Washington-based organization focused on fostering market-oriented think tanks around the world. In this capacity, Humire helped train and advise a network of more than 400 think tanks in over 85 countries. Humire has published in Fox News, Small Wars Journal, and Washington Times; and has appeared on interviews with CNN Español and the Foro Inter-Americano of Voice of America. Humire has also briefed the U.S. Congress and testified before the Canadian Parliament on security topics, primarily related to asymmetrical threats in Latin America.
Katharine Cornell Gorka, Executive Director