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Mar 18, 2015 0 Comments

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran and Hezbollah in the Western Hemisphere

JOSEPH M. HUMIRE

CO-AUTHOR IRAN’S STRATEGIC PENETRATION OF LATIN AMERICA

BEFORE THE

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE (WHEM)

SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA (MENA)

HEARING ON

“IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Chairman Duncan, Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Members Sires and Deutch, and distinguished members of both subcommittee’s. Good morning, and thank you for your leadership on this issue and inviting me to appear before you today.

Almost two years ago, I testified before another committee that Iran’s influence in the Western Hemisphere had grown tremendously over the last 30 years since the dawn of the Iranian revolution. At the time, there was sufficient evidence to make this statement; however, there was also evidence to suggest that Iran was reassessing its priorities, presence and activities in Latin America, due to the considerable political and economic changes happening both in the region and in Tehran.Sub

A year and a half later, it is clear that the Islamic Republic maintains Latin America as a strategic priority for its global positioning and has become increasingly important as Iran enters its most critical stage in the ongoing nuclear negotiations with the P5+1. Under Hassan Rouhani, the Islamic Republic seeks to build on its momentum over the last decade and expand its operations to move past its typical associations with the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA).

I cover this in chapter 10 of the book “Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America” (Lexington Books, 2014) co-edited with my colleague Ilan Berman. For the title, we purposely use the term “strategic penetration” because “strategic” implies that Iran has a plan for the region, and “penetration” means that they are executing this plan through covert methods. I apply a conceptual model to this method, which I’ve termed the “pattern of penetration” and will expand on this concept throughout this testimony.

I will also address where I believe the U.S. government has its greatest vulnerabilities to this threat, and provide strategic recommendations for how the U.S. and Latin America can reintegrate themselves in order to isolate Iran and neutralize Hezbollah’s reach in the region.

Pictured left to right: Mr. Joseph Humire, Mr. Dardo López-Dolz, Mr. Scott Modell, and Mr. Michael Shifter

Pictured left to right: Mr. Dardo López-Dolz, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC, chair), Mr. Scott Modell, and Mr. Joseph Humire

To see or view the entire hearing please visit the website of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

About the Author
  • JOSEPH HUMIRE
    JOSEPH HUMIRE Joseph Humire is the executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), and an expert on asymmetric warfare. His work focuses on examining transnational threats permeating throughout the Western Hemisphere. Follow him on Twitter @jmhumire
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