THE CENTER ON NATIONAL SECURITY AT FORDHAM LAW PRESENTS:
HEZBOLLAH AND TODAY'S MIDDLE EAST
Featuring Matthew Levitt
On October 9, 2013, Matthew Levitt discussed his new book Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God, which details the history of Hezbollah as a force within Lebanon’s borders, and in the larger Middle East. The book is the first thorough examination of Hezbollah's covert activities beyond Lebanon's borders, including its financial and logistical support networks and its criminal and terrorist operations worldwide. Levitt convincingly shows that Hezbollah's willingness to use violence at home and abroad, its global reach and its proxy relationship with the Iranian regime should be of serious concern.
Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler fellow and director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence. From 2005 to early 2007, he served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, he served as both senior official within the department's terrorism and financial intelligence branch and as deputy chief of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. At Treasury, Dr. Levitt played a central role in efforts to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse and to deny terrorists, weapon proliferators and other rogue actors the ability to finance threats to U.S. national security. In 2008 to 2009, he served as a State Department counter-terrorism advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security, General James L. Jones. He is also author of Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad.