Joel Simon at The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:30pm — 8:00pm
United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX
77007
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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 is the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has written widely on media issues, contributing to SlateColumbia Journalism ReviewThe New York Review of BooksWorld Policy JournalAsahi Shimbun, and The Times of India. He has led numerous international missions to advance press freedom. His book, The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom, was published by Columbia University Press in November 2014.

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

Simon's new book, We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom, will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

**World Affairs Council members are invited to bring one guest free of charge to this event! Members, please register yourself with a  "Member" ticket and your guest as "Member's Guest."**

 

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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

United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX
77007

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