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Levitt, Matthew (Dr.)

Fromer-Wexler Fellow & Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, & Member of the Professional Advisory Board, ICT, United States of America

Dr. Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy where he directs the Institute's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.  Previously, Levitt served in the senior executive service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and before that as an FBI counterterrorism analyst, including work on the Millennial and September 11th plots.  He also served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to Gen James L. Jones, the special envoy for Middle East regional security (SEMERS).

Levitt has taught at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, held fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and sits on the advisory boards of think tanks in Washington DC, Singapore, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Widely published, Dr. Levitt is the author of Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God (Georgetown University Press/Hurst Publishers, 2013). 

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Hizballah Poised to Strike in Southeast Asia


Last week, Thai police arrested Atris Hussein, a suspected Hizballah operative, at the Bangkok airport, while another suspect escaped. Elsewhere in the capital, authorities seized a large cache of chemical explosives composed of ammonium nitrate and urea fertilizer, leading the United States and Israel to issue emergency alerts warning their citizens in the country of a possible imminent terrorist attack. According to local authorities, initial intelligence indicated an attack would occur over the weekend in Thailand, yet they now believe some or all of the explosives were intended to be shipped out of the country. The U.S. embassy in Bangkok, meanwhile, continues to warn U.S. citizens of a "real and credible" threat of a terrorist attack in the capital.

First published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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Hamas Blood Money - Mixing Good Works and Terror is No Formula for Peace


The most critical test facing the nascent Palestinian government is the immediate task of weeding out the logistical support networks that facilitate attacks under the cover of charitable or humanitarian activities.

Reprinted with permission from PeaceWatch, #418 May 5, 2003, The Washington Institute’s Special Reports On The Arab-Israeli Peace Process.

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The Political Economy of Middle East Terrorism


The aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the subsequent American war against terrorism have focused attention on the financing of terrorist movements and operations. The lines of political influence follow those of economic assistance.

Reprinted from the MIDDLE EAST REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (MERIA) JOURNAL, Volume 6, Issue 4, (December 2002)

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The Network of Terrorist Financing


Reprinted with permission from PolicyWatch, #646 August 6, 2002, Analysis of Near East policy from the scholars and associates of The Washington Institute. The following is an edited version of Matthew Levitt’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on International Finance, Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, August 1, 2002.

Reprinted with permission from Policy Watch, #646 August 6, 2002

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Designating the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades


Responding to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades’ latest suicide bombing -- which threatened to undermine the third straight peace mission of Middle East envoy Gen. Anthony Zinni -- the State Department broke with tradition and announced the group’s pending designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), even before Congress completed the process leading to its official listing in the Federal Register.

Reprinted by permission from Peacewatch #371 March 25, 2002 The Washington Institute’s Special Reports on the Arab-Israeli Peace Process

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