Dr. Matthew Levitt blogs on counterterrorism, countering violent extremism and combating the financing of transnational threats.
Previously, Levitt served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and before that as an FBI counterterrorism analyst. Dr. Levitt consults for government and the private sector, has testified as an expert in nearly 20 criminal and civil court cases in the United States and abroad, and served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to Gen. (ret) James L. Jones in his capacity as Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security.
Widely published, Dr. Levitt has authored or co-authored several monographs along with dozens of journal articles, editorials and policy briefs. His latest books include: Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad (Yale University Press, 2006); Negotiating under Fire: Preserving Peace Talks in the Face of Terror Attacks (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); and Hezbollah’s Global Reach: The Worldwide Presence of the “Party of God” (Georgetown University Press, forthcoming 2011).
Levitt is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he directs the Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, holds fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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