RSVP to “Balancing Counterterrorism and Interstate Competition: Implications for U.S. Interests in the Middle East”

The Center for Jewish Civilization is pleased to invite you to our hybrid lecture, “Balancing Counterterrorism and Interstate Competition: Implications for U.S. Interests in the Middle East.” RSVP to our online event here!

About the Event

The Andrew H. Siegal Memorial Lectureship is an annual lecture delivered on the topic of American Middle Eastern foreign policy. We are excited to welcome Dr. Matthew Levitt, who holds the 2021-2022 Andrew H. Siegal Professorship, to deliver a talk titled, “Balancing Counterterrorism and Interstate Competition: Implications for U.S. Interests in the Middle East.”

The 2022 Siegal Lecture will be a hybrid event, taking place in person (location: Georgetown University’s Main Campus) and via Zoom. In adherence to Georgetown’s current Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions, only a limited number of “in person” tickets are available. In order to attend the event in person, please (a) present your “in person admission” ticket upon arrival, (b) follow the University’s protocol for verifying your vaccination status, and (c) complete a health attestation on the morning of their visit to attest that they are symptom-free.

More information regarding this process will be emailed to those who RSVP and present their “in person admission” tickets upon arrival. “Zoom admission” tickets will not be accepted.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy where he directs the Institute’s Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Previously, Levitt served in the senior executive service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and before that as an FBI counterterrorism analyst, including work on the Millennial and September 11th plots. He also served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to Gen James L. Jones, the special envoy for Middle East regional security (SEMERS).

Levitt has taught at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has held fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, and he has sat on the advisory boards of think tanks in Washington, London, Singapore, Israel and the UAE.

Widely published, Dr. Levitt is the author of many articles and studies. His most recent book is Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God (Georgetown University Press/Hurst Publishers, 2013) and his latest monograph is Rethinking U.S. Efforts on Counterterrorism: Toward a Sustainable Plan Two Decades after 9/11 (The Washington Institute, 2021).