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IWP graduate assists in report on Iranian operations in Latin America

"After Nisman: How the Death of a Prosecutor Revealed Iran's Growing Influence in the Americas."Institute of World Politics alumna Heisol Zelaya conducted research for The Center for a Secure and Free Society’s latest report, “After Nisman: How the Death of a Prosecutor Revealed Iran’s Growing Influence in the Americas.”

The paper, authored by CSFS Executive Director and Marine Corps veteran Joseph M. Humire, examines the suspicious death of Argentine government prosecutor Alberto Nisman just a day before he was to present the case for Iranian culpability in the 1994 AMIA Jewish cultural center bombing in Buenos Aires.  The paper finds that Nisman’s death is connected to Iran’s attempts to advance its interests in Latin America, a potential threat to regional security.

The Iranian regime’s plan, according to the report, is twofold: “(1) remove or alleviate the sanctions pressure that cut Iran out of the global financial system; and (2) distance itself from its decades-long history of supporting international terrorism,” the latter despite the fact that Iran has continued to send terrorists under commercial and diplomatic covers to commit attacks in Latin America, most recently a ring in Peru foiled in December 2014.

Mr. Humire previously discussed the subject at IWP in November 2014, during a presentation on his book Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America.