Matthew Levitt

Matthew Levitt

Matthew Levitt is an American expert on jihadist terrorism. Levitt is director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and professorial lecturer in International Relations and Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (2005-07). He previously worked in anti-terrorism at the FBI.

He received his B.A. from Yeshiva University and his M.A. in PhD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was a graduate research fellow at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, and has taught at Johns Hopkins University. He attended high school at the Maimonides School.

Levitt is a frequent media commentator on terrorism.

Published works

  • Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad April 2006
  • Targeting Terror: U.S. Policy toward Middle Eastern State Sponsors and Terrorist Organizations, Post-September 11 2002
  • Negotiating Under Fire: Preserving Peace Talks in the Face of Terror Attacks (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming)
  • “Hezbollah Finances: Funding the Party of God,” in Terrorism Financing and State Responses: a Comparative Perspective (Stanford University Press, 2007)
  • “Hamas Social Welfare: In the Service of Terror,” in The Making of a Terrorist: Recruitment, Training, and Root Causes (New York: Praeger Publishers, 2005)
  • “The Impact of Acute Security Crises on the Process of Ongoing Negotiations: Lessons from the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process, 1993-1996” (Ph.D. dissertation, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2005).


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