Matthew Levitt is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Stein Program on Terrorism, Intelligence and Policy.
From 2005 to early 2007, Dr. Levitt 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 Treasury
Department official within the department's Terrorism and Financial
Intelligence branch and as the deputy chief of Treasury's Office of
Intelligence and Analysis, one of the sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies
coordinated under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
During his tenure at Treasury, he played a central role in the
department's 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.
From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Levitt served The Washington Institute as founding director of its Terrorism Research Program
(now renamed as above), which was established in the wake of the
September 11 attacks. Previously, he provided tactical and strategic
analytical support for counterterrorism operations at the FBI, focusing
on fundraising and logistical support networks for Middle East terrorist
groups. During his FBI service, Dr. Levitt participated as a team
member in a number of crisis situations, including the terrorist threat
surrounding the turn of the millennium and the September 11 attacks. He
has earned numerous awards and commendations for his government service
at both the FBI and the Treasury Department.
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. He was a graduate research fellow at Harvard Law School's
Program on Negotiation, and has taught at both Johns Hopkins
University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and
Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
An expert witness for the Department of Justice in several terrorism
cases, Dr. Levitt has also lectured on international terrorism on behalf
of the Department of State, consulted for various U.S. government
agencies and private industry, and testified before the U.S. Senate and
House on matters relating to international terrorism. He is a term
member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the
international advisory board for both the Institute for
Counter-terrorism in Israel and the International Centre for Political
Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore, and an associate with
the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy (West
Dr. Levitt has written extensively on terrorism, the Middle East, and
Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, with articles appearing in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Weekly Standard, Daily Star (Beirut), Jerusalem Post, The Australian, National Post
(Canada), and numerous other publications. He is also a frequent guest
on the national and international media, including NPR, CNN, BBC, FOX
News, ABC, CBS, and NBC. His latest books include Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad (Yale University Press, 2006) and Negotiating Under Fire: Preserving Peace Talks in the Face of Terror Attacks (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming in 2007).