Wednesday, December, 18, 2013

Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God, New America, Washington

  • Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God


Wednesday December 18, 2013

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.  

New America Foundation

1899 L Street NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036


Hezbollah — Lebanon’s “Party of God” — is a multifaceted organization: it is a powerful political party in Lebanon, a Shia Islam religious and social movement, Lebanon’s largest militia, a close ally of Iran, and a terrorist organization. Hezbollah and Iran both deny the existence of a Hezbollah terrorist apparatus, but intelligence services worldwide know it well. While some acts of terror, like the kidnappings in Lebanon in the 1980s and the 1992 and 1994 bombings in Buenos Aires, are generally known, Hezbollah’s global presence and terrorist activities go much farther.


In his latest book, “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God,” Matthew Levitt, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, draws on a wide range of sources — including recently declassified government documents, court records, and personal interviews with intelligence and law enforcement officials around the world — to examine the organization’s beginnings, its first violent forays in Lebanon, and its terrorist activities and criminal enterprises around the world. He also describes the Hezbollah unit dedicated to supporting Palestinian militant groups and Hezbollah’s involvement in training and supporting insurgents who fought U.S. troops in post-Saddam Iraq.


The New America Foundation is pleased to welcome Mr. Levitt for a discussion about the findings in his book, as well as Hezbollah’s integral, ongoing role in Iran’s shadow war with Israel and the West.


Copies of Levitt’s book will be available for purchase by cash, check, or credit card.


Join the conversation online using #HZFootprint and following @NatSecNAF. 


If you are unable to join us in person, please tune in to our live webcast of the event. No signup is required to view the streaming video.  



Featured Speakers

Matthew Levitt
Author, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God
Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence


Peter Bergen

Director, National Security Program


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