What It’s About: The largest Islamist terror attack in the Americas prior to September 11, 2001 took place in 1994 when a car bomb destroyed a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This horrific event woke up South America to the threat of Islamist terrorism. 25 years later, the accused culprits of this terrorist act - all senior figures in Iran and Hezbollah's power structure - are still at large. Following the 2015 murder of the Argentine special prosecutor assigned to the case, Alberto Nisman, a sea-change in political attitudes toward Iran and Hezbollah in Latin America has emerged. Countries in the region are waking up to the transnational terror threat from Hezbollah. This seminar will tell you what the Trump administration and regional allies are doing to disrupt the strategic and tactical penetration of Iran and Hezbollah into our own Hemisphere, and how the pushback against their malign influence is going.
Presenter: Joseph M. Humire, a specialist on transregional threats in the Western Hemisphere, is the Executive Director of Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), and a distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute and the Middle East Forum. He began building SFS’s global network of more than 100 security scholars in almost 30 countries worldwide as the Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. He is a regular national security commentator for major English and Spanish language media, including Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, and NTN24 regional news network, as well as Fox News and CNN International; and, has testified often before the U.S. Congress as well as the European and Canadian Parliaments. Mr. Humire served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a combat tour in Iraq and in a multinational training exercise (UNITAS) in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has been an expert witness in several important terrorism trials in South America, including an ongoing trial of an accused Hezbollah operative in Peru. In 2014, he published his first book, Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America.