Joseph M. Humire is a global security expert, specializing on transnational threats in the Western Hemisphere. His research on Islamic terrorism, transnational organized crime, and Iran’s influence in the Americas—has been sought after by various entities within the U.S. defense and intelligence community, as well as prominent think tanks and universities around the world. In October 2014, Mr. Humire released his first book on Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America, published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. He currently serves as the executive director of the global, next generation, national security think tank—Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) based in Washington D.C and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.
Mr. Humire is a regular national security commentator for major English and Spanish language media, including Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and CNN International, as well as China’s CGTN. He has published in both languages for a variety of major newspapers and academic journals across the Americas. For his expertise in the Western Hemisphere, Mr. Humire has testified several times before the U.S. Congress and has appeared before the European, Canadian, and Andean Parliament, providing expert testimony on national security issues. In 2016, Mr. Humire served as an expert witness to an important terrorism trial of an accused Hezbollah operative in Lima, Peru.
As the SFS executive director, Mr. Humire manages a global network of more than 100 security scholars in close to 30 countries around the world, largely concentrated in Latin America and Europe. Prior to SFS, Mr. Humire was the Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, advising think tank executives worldwide.
Born in Virginia of Bolivian-American heritage, Mr. Humire is a combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps with deployments to the Middle East, Africa, and a multinational training exercise UNITAS in Latin America and the Caribbean. After leaving the military, he earned a degree in Global Affairs and Economics from George Mason University, which is renowned for the quality of its economic scholars. Mr. Humire has a unique blend of military experience, education in economics, and expertise in asymmetric warfare—offering a fresh perspective to U.S. foreign policy and national security.