Matthew Levitt, 2005

Matthew Levitt Matthew Levitt is a senior 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, one of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies coordinated under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. During his tenure at Treasury, 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. From 2008 to 2009, he served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security (SEMERS), General James L. Jones.

Dr. Levitt has written extensively on terrorism, countering violent extremism, illicit finance and sanctions, the Middle East, and Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, with articles appearing in peer-reviewed journals, policy magazines and the press, including "The Wall Street Journal," "Washington Post," "Foreign Affairs," "Foreign Policy" and numerous other publications. 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), "Negotiating Under Fire: Preserving Peace Talks in the Face of Terror Attacks" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and the forthcoming "Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God" (Georgetown University Press).

PHD Dissertation

The Impact of Acute Security Crises on the Process of Ongoing Negotiations: Lessons from the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process, 1993-1996


Dr. Levitt has held fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University, is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as 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.

Education before Fletcher

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 The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was a graduate research fellow at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation.

Experience before Fletcher

From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Levitt served the Washington Institute as Founding Director of its Terrorism Research Program (now renamed as the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence), which was established in the wake of the September 11 attacks. 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, focusing on fundraising and logistical support networks for Middle Eastern 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.


  • Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God (Georgetown University Press, 2013)
  • 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)

Other Publications

Please see The Washington Institute for recent publications.