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May 11, 2016

Event: ‘Partner for Peace? Iran’s Illicit financing of Terrorism’

Henry Jackson Society


TIME: 18:00 – 19:00, Wednesday 11th May 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 3A, House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, London SW1P 0PW

SPEAKER: Dr Matthew Levitt, Senior Fellow and Director of the Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence 
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With the implementation of the Iran agreement, and the gradual lifting of sanctions, we are now witnessing a rush of activity as companies look to increase their investment in the Iranian economy. Even while serious concerns remain about the extent to which Iran will abide by the nuclear agreement, there was never any indication that Iran would reduce its extensive state sponsorship of terrorism. Indeed, as Iran is financially bolstered by the lifting of nuclear sanctions and the unfreezing of financial assets, we can expect to see a significant increase in Iran’s support for terrorist non-state actors. For the moment, US sanctions imposed on account of Tehran’s support for terror groups such as Hezbollah are still in place. Increasingly, however, companies in Europe are now seeking ways to bypass the rules, lured toward newly emerging investment opportunities in Iran. It is vital that this challenge be addressed if we are to maintain the existing international sanctions regime and to limit the state sponsorship of terrorism. Both Britain’s national security, and stability in the Middle East, will depend upon policy makers getting to grips with this issue.

By kind invitation of Baroness Neville-Jones, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr Matthew Levitt, Senior Fellow and Director of the Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence who will be discussing the challenges faced by the West in limiting the state sponsorship of terrorism in Iran.

To attend, please RSVP to – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker biography:

Dr 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 worked 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 sixteen 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. In 2008-2009, he served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security (SEMERS), General James L. Jones.