Breaking Hezbollah's Golden Rule

By Washington Institute

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Lebanese Hezbollah goes to great lengths to publicize its overt, social, and political activities and to conceal its covert terrorist, militant, and criminal pursuits. In the words of one operative, Hezbollah's "Golden Rule" is this: The Less You Know, the Better.

In this podcast, terrorism scholar Matthew Levitt sets out to break this rule by shining a bright spotlight on Hezbollah's global terrorist and criminal activities. Levitt has been following Lebanese Hezbollah for almost three decades in and out of government. He's written books, given expert testimony, and literally mapped Hezbollah's worldwide illicit activities in an online interactive map and timeline. (

Listen as Levitt tracks Hezbollah's evolution over the years and its operations across the globe from Lebanon to Kuwait, across Europe and Asia, then on to the Western Hemisphere from Buenos Aires to New York. Along the way, he'll speak with law enforcement officers, intelligence agents, government officials, and world-class experts from around the globe, each of whom has first-person experience confronting Hezbollah and uncovering things the group would much prefer nobody ever heard about.

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Episode Date
Hezbollah Assassinations Unit 121
Nov 15, 2023
Operations and Illicit Finance in the Gulf
Nov 08, 2023
Sleeper Cells and Surveillance in the U.S.
Nov 01, 2023
Hezbollah’s Digital Footprint
Oct 25, 2023
Blood Diamonds, Picassos, and Illicit Financing in Africa
Oct 18, 2023
"A Jumble of Overlapping Plots" in Baku
Oct 11, 2023
Terror in Bangkok, Then and Now
Oct 04, 2023
Risky Business in South America
Sep 27, 2023
Breaking Hezbollah's Golden Rule - Season 2 Trailer 2
Sep 25, 2023
Breaking Hezbollah's Golden Rule - Season 2 Trailer 1
Sep 20, 2023
Undermining Stability in Lebanon
Mar 30, 2022
Hezbollah “Black Ops” in the Western Hemisphere
Mar 23, 2022
Operation Cedar: Hezbollah Narco-Money Laundering
Mar 16, 2022
Hezbollah Attack Plots in Cyprus and Bulgaria
Mar 09, 2022
Hezbollah Support Networks in America
Mar 02, 2022
Crime and Terror in South America
Feb 23, 2022
Hezbollah Goes Global
Feb 16, 2022
Origin Story—"Wild, Wild West Beirut"
Feb 09, 2022
Breaking Hezbollah's Golden Rule - Trailer
Jan 21, 2022