Lawfare Research Paper Series

Matthew Levitt: In Search of Nuance

By Matthew Kahn
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10:30 AM

Lawfare is pleased to announce the publication of a new paper in the Lawfare Research Paper Series: In Search of Nuance in the Debate over Hezbollah's Criminal Enterprise and the U.S. Response, by Matthew Levitt, Fromer-Wexler Fellow and director of the Stein program on counterterrorism and intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

From the abstract:

Did the Obama administration torpedo investigations into Hezbollah criminal activities in its zeal to secure the Iran deal? A recent Politico report concluded it did, but the story is more complicated than that.  It is as wrong to accuse the Obama administration of “letting Hezbollah off the hook” as it is to assert that protecting the Iran nuclear deal had no impact on decisions to target Hezbollah’s criminal behavior. In fact, the real story here is not about Hezbollah or the Iran Deal so much as bureaucratic turf battles and competing intelligence assessments.