Hezbollah’s Global Network of Crime and Terror

August 7, 2013

#1 Hezbollah

Matthew Levitt Reveals the Organization’s Worldwide Terrorist Activities and Financial Structure

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. 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.

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. The few books that have been published focus on the group’s ideology, history, and activities in Lebanon. Matthew Levitt’s Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God breaks new ground with this first thorough examination of this organization’s covert operations beyond Lebanon’s borders. Drawing on extensive field research, including interviews with intelligence and law enforcement officials around the world, newly declassified intelligence material, court documents, and official reports, Levitt traces Hezbollah’s beginnings with its first violent forays in Lebanon. He then investigates its terrorist activities and criminal enterprises abroad in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and finally in North America, concluding with a look at Hezbollah’s position as Iran’s most trusted, professional, and deniable proxy.

Levitt argues convincingly that Hezbollah’s willingness to use violence at home and abroad should be of serious concern. Hezbollah authoritatively documents the history of Hezbollah’s clandestine activities over time and across continents, including the group’s terrorist operations and financial and logistical networks. A topic of tremendous relevance to current events, understanding the threat posed by Hezbollah today could not be more pressing.

Matthew Levitt is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Previously, Dr. Levitt served as the deputy assistant secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the US Department of the Treasury, as an FBI counterterrorism analyst, and as an adviser on counterterrorism to the US State Department. Levitt held fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the US 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 (Yale University Press, 2006).

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2013, 416 pages
ISBN 978-1-62616-013-2, hardcover $32.95
PUBLICITY CONTACT: Jackie Beilhart, (202) 687-9298, jb594@georgetown.edu
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Kuhn and Cosic Join Georgetown University Press

August 6, 2013

Georgetown University Press is pleased to announce the hiring of Kyle Kuhn as Digital Editor in its Languages division and of Milica Cosic as Publishing Assistant and Permissions Coordinator.

Mr. Kuhn joins the press after working for Rosetta Stone for over four years. There he worked as a Senior Curriculum Designer. Previous to this, Mr. Kuhn taught English abroad for five years in Japan, Korea, and Poland. Mr. Kuhn holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University, joining two other MFAs on staff.

The position of Digital Editor in the Languages division is a new one for Georgetown University Press. As Digital Editor, Mr. Kuhn will be producing and developing digital materials for teaching and learning foreign languages. “Kyle’s experience teaching English and developing materials in the digital environment will help Georgetown continue to be a leader in teaching and learning languages,” says Hope LeGro, Director of Georgetown Languages.

Ms. Cosic joins the press after working for The Brookings Institution, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and the Mind Fitness Training Institute, a nonprofit run by Georgetown University Professor Elizabeth Stanley. Ms. Cosic has her undergraduate degree in Political Science and German from the University of California, Santa Barbara—the second alumna on staff—and has completed graduate work in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  In addition to German, she also speaks Serbo-Croatian.

“We are delighted that Kyle and Milica have joined our staff,” says Richard Brown, director of Georgetown University Press. “They are smart publishing professionals who will make strong and creative contributions to our publishing program.”


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Georgetown Languages at Georgetown University Press is a collaboration of language experts and publishing professionals to produce high quality language learning resource materials in traditional and new learning media. Working with the academic community to develop foreign language learning materials grounded in superior scholarship and experienced pedagogy, Georgetown Languages publishes in critical as well as commonly taught languages in print and electronic formats, primarily for college, high school, and adult learners.

“All I can say is that I saw it, and that it is the truth.” A Mission that Informed the World of One of its Greatest Atrocities

March 12, 2013

Karski_RGB_300dpi“Within Jan Karski’s stirring account of selfless heroism to expose the Holocaust, lie two compelling messages: It is possible for one man to bring to the word’s attention unimaginable political evil. The harder and still relevant question raised by Karski’s story is: How does one get the civilized world to respond?”—Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

Jan Karski’s Story of a Secret State stands as one of the most poignant and inspiring memoirs of World War II, the Holocaust, and the Polish Underground. With elements of a spy thriller, documenting his experiences in anti-Nazi espionage, and as one of the first accounts of the systematic slaughter of the Jews, this volume is a remarkable testimony of one man’s courage and a nation’s struggle for resistance against overwhelming oppression. President Bill Clinton praises Karski’s “lessons of heroism, resilience, and uncompromising leadership,” adding that “all freedom-seeking people around the world should know Karski’s story.”

Karski’s memoir begins with his life as a brilliant young diplomat when war broke out in 1939 with Hitler’s invasion of Poland. Taken prisoner by the Soviet Red Army, which had simultaneously invaded from the East, Karski narrowly escaped the subsequent Katyn Forest Massacre. The story advances with Karski becoming a member of the Polish Underground, the most significant resistance movement in occupied Europe, acting as a liaison and courier between the Underground and the Polish government-in-exile. In his work, he was twice smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto, at one point tortured by the SS, and eventually entered the Nazi’s Izbica transit camp disguised as a guard, witnessing first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust.

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the city of Chicago, praises Story of a Secret State, saying, “Jan Karski’s brave account of the Nazi’s horrific crimes and one man’s heroic resistance strikes our collective conscience as strongly today as when he first published it over six decades ago. Today, millions around the world continue to thank and honor him for exposing the evil that was perpetuated throughout concentration camps. When President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Jan Karski the Medal of Freedom he recognized that Karski’s story is one of courage as much as compassion. This book is a stirring reminder that our world depends on both.”

Karski’s courage and testimony, conveyed in a breathtaking manner in Story of a Secret State, offer the narrative of one of the world’s greatest eyewitnesses and an inspiration for all of humanity, emboldening each of us to rise to the challenge of standing up against evil and for human rights. This definitive edition—which includes a foreword by Madeleine Albright, a biographical essay by Yale historian Timothy Snyder, an afterword by Zbigniew Brzezinski, previously unpublished photos, notes, further reading, and a glossary—is an apt legacy for this hero of conscience during the most fraught and fragile moment in modern history.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

July 31, 2012

Today is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. In celebration of this special feast day (Georgetown University is a Jesuit institution), we wanted to share this selection from Saints and Feasts of the Liturgical Year that highlights St. Ignatius.

St. Ignatius of Loyola was born in his family’s castle, near Azpeitia, in Spain’s Basque country, sometime before October 23, 1491. As a youth, he served (1506?-17) as a page to Juan Velazquez de Cuellar, King Ferdinand V’s chief treasurer, and there he learned his courtly manners. In 1517, he entered the service of the Duke of Najera, Viceroy of Navarre, and while defending the fortress at Pamplona was wounded (May 20, 1521) by a cannon shot. He convalesced at Loyola Castle, and by reading a life of Christ as well as those of the saints, he experienced a conversion and resolved to visit the Holy Land and serve the Lord.

On his way to the Holy Land, he stopped at the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat, and there he made a night’s vigil (March 24-25, 1522) before the Black Madonna. He then went on to nearby Manresa and spent about eleven months in prayer and penance. After a brief visit to Rome to request papal approval for his pilgrimage, he left Venice and arrived in Jerusalem on September 4, 1523. Less than a month later, he left to return to Venice. He then made his way to Barcelona to begin his studies “in order to help souls.” After studies in Barcelona (1524-26), Alcala (1526-27), and Salamanca (1527), Ignatius went to the University of Paris (1528-35), and there he gathered a group of six like-minded men. On August 15, 1534, in a Montmartre chapel, the small band of seven took a vow to go to Jerusalem within a year after their studies, if this were possible, and work for the conversion of the Turks. After their arrival in Venice (1537), they learned that they could not sail for the Holy Land because of imminent war; hence, they went (November 1567) to Rome and offered (November 18-23, 1538) their services to Pope Paul III.

After Ignatius and his first companions decided to form a new religious congregation, their plans received Paul III’s approval (September 27, 1540), and thus the Society of Jesus was born. Ignatius was then elected general and accepted the office on April 19, 1541; on April 22, in a ceremony at St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, the six pronounced their vows as Jesuits. As a general of the new order, Ignatius remained in Rome, wrote its Constitutions, and supervised the Society’s growth, not only in Italy, but in the other countries of Europe as well. He likewise sent missionaries to India. Because of the excessive acts of penance he had practiced while at Manresa, his health had been severely impaired. St. Ignatius died in Rome on July 31, 1556, and was canonized by Pope Gregory XV on March 12, 1622. His Spiritual Exercises had been first approved by Pope Paul III on July 31, 1548, and on July 25, 1922, Pope Pius XI named him heavenly patron of all Spiritual Exercises.

Interested in learning more? As Georgetown University is a Jesuit institution, St. Ignatius of Loyola’s order features importantly in the three-volume A History of Georgetown University. Another book by Georgetown University Press that reflects on the Society of Jesus is Reverse Mission, a work that looks at religious orders’ influence on US foreign policy.

Georgetown University Press to Publish the American Association of Teachers of Arabic’s Al-cArabiyya Journal

July 12, 2012

ImageGeorgetown University Press is delighted to assume the publication of Al-cArabiyya, the annual, peer-reviewed journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA). Volumes 44 and 45 (2011-2012), a joint issue edited by Dr. Reem Bassiouney of Georgetown University, will be the first issue, and it will be available in December 2012. Al-cArabiyya is the only scholarly journal with a focus on Arabic language, linguistics, literature, and pedagogy.

“We are thrilled to work with the AATA to produce the leading journal for teaching Arabic language,” says Hope LeGro, Director of Georgetown Languages at GU Press. “GU Press is committed to serving the field of Arabic language learning, as we have been for nearly fifty years. This journal partnership is a natural evolution of our shared mission with AATA.” The press publishes the Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program, as well as Arabic dictionaries and other Arabic textbooks.

This year, the AATA celebrates fifty years of serving the scholars of Arabic around the world. Dr. Elizabeth M. Bergman, Executive Director of AATA, praises the new relationship saying, “The AATA has demonstrated its commitment to scholarship on Arabic language, literature, and pedagogy through publication of Al-cArabiyya and through other activities for nearly fifty years. Our partnership with Georgetown University Press is a fitting commemoration of these years of service. It is also a wonderful way to more forward, and serve the growing number of those who study and teach Arabic language and literature.”

Two GU Press Books Win Catholic Press Association Awards

June 29, 2012

Two GU Press books have won awards in this year’s Catholic Press Association Book AwardsChristianity in Evolution: An Exploration by Jack Mahoney won third place in the theology category, and The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church by Charles Curran won third place in the social concerns category. Congratulations to all involved!

John W. Warren Joins Georgetown University Press as Marketing and Sales Director

June 14, 2012

Georgetown University Press is pleased to announce the appointment of John W. Warren as Marketing and Sales Director. Mr. Warren joins the press with nearly two decades of experience working in the publishing industry, specifically in marketing and digital publishing. In his new role, he will lead the marketing and sales strategies of the press, developing plans to promote and sell the press’s dynamic and academically rigorous list.

“We are delighted to welcome John to the Georgetown University Press team,” said Richard Brown, director of the press. “He has a distinguished career of innovation in digital publishing, and I am convinced he will grow our sales and revenue in the years ahead.”

Mr. Warren most recently spent twelve years serving as Marketing Director of RAND Corporation’s Publications department. There he developed a solid program of effective and diverse print and digital marketing tactics and spearheaded the e-book program by developing partnerships with vendors and distributors and creating strategies for their sale and marketing.

“It’s thrilling to join the talented staff of Georgetown University Press and to become a member of the distinguished institution of Georgetown University,” said Warren. “I look forward to collaborating with this brilliant team.”

Mr. Warren has delivered keynote presentations at several international conferences and has authored articles about the evolution of e-books, including “Innovation and the Future of E-Books” (2009) and “The Progression of Digital Publishing: Innovation and the E-volution of E-books,” (2010). He was the winner of the International Award for Excellence in the development of the book.

Mr. Warren has a Masters in International Management from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego. Before his time at RAND, he managed marketing efforts for Mexican publisher Fondo de Cultura Económica, Sage Publications, and Sylvan Learning, Inc.


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