Library Foundation of Los Angeles' ALOUD series: Joel Simon, Sewell Chan, and Federico Motka

Thursday, January 31, 2019
7:00pm — 8:30pm
ALOUD at the Central Library
631 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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“A wise and thorough investigation of the painful conundrum posed by terrorist kidnappings. Simon makes a cogent argument about how to change our current, failed approach to negotiation.” — Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower and The Terror Years

Starting in late 2012, Westerners working in Syria — journalists and aid workers — began disappearing without a trace. A year later the world learned they had been taken hostage by the Islamic State. Throughout 2014, all the Europeans came home, first the Spanish, then the French, then an Italian, a German, and a Dane. In August 2014, the Islamic State began executing the Americans — including journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, followed by the British hostages.

Joel Simon, who in nearly two decades at the Committee to Protect Journalists has worked on dozens of hostages cases, delves into the heated hostage policy debate. The Europeans paid millions of dollars to a terrorist group to free their hostages. The US and the UK refused to do so, arguing that any ransom would be used to fuel terrorism and would make the crime more attractive, increasing the risk to their citizens. We Want to Negotiate is an exploration of the ethical, legal, and strategic considerations of a bedeviling question: Should governments pay ransom to terrorists?
Joel Simon will be joined by Sewell Chan of the Los Angeles Times and Federico Motka, a former hostage, for the conversation at ALOUD in LA.

Click here to read Joel Simon's oped in the Washington Post on "What Makes Jamal Khashoggi's Alleged Murder So Depraved."

 

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Starting in late 2012, Westerners working in Syria — journalists and aid workers — began disappearing without a trace. A year later the world learned they had been taken hostage by the Islamic State. Throughout 2014, all the Europeans came home, first the Spanish, then the French, then an Italian, a German, and a Dane.… more

ALOUD at the Central Library
631 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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