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Matthew Levitt

CSIF Board of Advisors

Biography:

Dr. Matthew Levitt serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counterterrorism 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 both as a senior official within the department's terrorism and financial intelligence branch and as deputy chief of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Dr. Levitt played a central role in efforts to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse and to deny terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other rogue actors the ability to finance threats to U.S. national security. In 2008-2009, he served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security (SEMERS), General James L. Jones.

From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Levitt was The Washington Institute’s founding director of its Terrorism Research Program (now renamed as above). Previously, he served as a counterterrorism intelligence analyst at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he provided tactical and strategic analytical support for counterterrorism operations.

Dr. Levitt holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Yeshiva University, as well as a master's degree in law and diplomacy and a doctorate from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Dr. Levitt has written extensively on terrorism, countering violent extremism, illicit finance and sanctions, the Middle East, and Arab-Israeli peace negotiations. He is also a frequent guest on the national and international media, and the author of several books and monographs, including Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad (Yale University Press, 2006), The Money Trail: Finding, Following, and Freezing Terrorist Finances (with Michael Jacobson), Washington Institute Policy Focus #89, November 2008, and Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God (Georgetown University Press, 2013).

Dr. Matthew Levitt serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counterterrorism 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 both as a senior official within the department's terrorism and financial intelligence branch and as deputy chief of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Dr. Levitt played a central role in efforts to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse and to deny terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other rogue actors the ability to finance threats to U.S. national security. In 2008-2009, he served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security (SEMERS), General James L. Jones.

From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Levitt was The Washington Institute’s founding director of its Terrorism Research Program (now renamed as above). Previously, he served as a counterterrorism intelligence analyst at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he provided tactical and strategic analytical support for counterterrorism operations.

Dr. Levitt holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Yeshiva University, as well as a master's degree in law and diplomacy and a doctorate from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Dr. Levitt has written extensively on terrorism, countering violent extremism, illicit finance and sanctions, the Middle East, and Arab-Israeli peace negotiations. He is also a frequent guest on the national and international media, and the author of several books and monographs, including Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad (Yale University Press, 2006), The Money Trail: Finding, Following, and Freezing Terrorist Finances (with Michael Jacobson), Washington Institute Policy Focus #89, November 2008, and Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God (Georgetown University Press, 2013).

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Gareth Smyth - The Guardian

‘A kind of death’: life on the US Treasury blacklist

Tony Badran, Matthew Levitt

Put aside any image of a global terrorist in an Afghan cave or an armed camp in Pakistan’s tribal areas. more...

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25th May 2016 – Quoted by Gareth Smyth - The Guardian

‘A kind of death’: life on the US Treasury blacklist

Tony Badran, Matthew Levitt

Put aside any image of a global terrorist in an Afghan cave or an armed camp in Pakistan’s tribal areas. more...