A lecture by Matthew Levitt, Senior Fellow and Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Hezbollah, Lebanon's ‘Party of God’, is a multifaceted organisation, a Shia Islam religious and social movement, Lebanon's largest militia, a terrorist organisation and a close ally of Iran. In his lecture, Matthew Levitt will examine Hezbollah's beginnings, its first violent forays in Lebanon, and its terrorist activities and criminal enterprises worldwide. He will discuss Hezbollah's global reach and willingness to deploy violence at home and abroad, its proxy-patron relationship with the Syrian and Iranian regimes, and the significance of its ongoing role in Iran’s ‘shadow war’ with Israel and the West, including plots targeting civilians.
Matthew Levitt is Senior Fellow and Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the US Department of the Treasury, as an FBI counterterrorism analyst and as an adviser on counterterrorism to the US State Department. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, held fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad (Yale University Press, 2006).
Matthew will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, 'Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God’ (Hurst: September 2013), which will be on sale at a special price of £15.
An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.
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