WASHINGTON, D.C., December 19— The American Islamic Congress D.C. Center is proud to host an event with Matthew Levitt, who will discuss his latest book, “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.”

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 network. Despite the wealth of material published over the past few years on al Qaeda, the war on terrorism, and Iraq, far less has been written about Hezbollah. Dr. Levitt argues that Hezbollah’s willingness to use violence at home and abroad should be of serious concern.

AIC Executive Director Zainab Al-Suwaij will introduce Dr. Levitt.

A light lunch will be served.

Copies of “Hezbollah” will be available for purchase at the event.

WHO: Matthew Levitt, introduction by Zainab Al-Suwaij

WHEN: Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 12-2 p.m.

WHERE: 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW, 3rd floor, Washington, D.C., 20036


All interested media must RSVP to Anna Borshchevskaya at 202-469-7191 or anna@aicongress.org.

About the speaker:

Matthew Levitt is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Previously, Levitt served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as an FBI counterterrorism analyst, and as an advisor on counterterrorism to the U.S. State Department. Levitt has taught at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS, held fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. 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.”


The American Islamic Congress (AIC) is a nonprofit, non-religious, anti-extremism civil society development organization serving Muslims and Non-Muslims by promoting civil and human rights through advocacy, engagement, and education.