Save the date! The Newseum with Joel Simon, David Rohde, and Judy Woodruff

Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00pm — 8:00pm
Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
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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 new book, We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom, will be published by Columbia Global Reports on January 22, 2019. His previous book, The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom, was published by Columbia University Press in November 2014. Follow him on Twitter at @Joelcpj.

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

David Rohde is an executive editor of newyorker.com. He is a global-affairs analyst for CNN and a former reporter for Reuters, the New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, in 1996, for stories that helped expose the Srebrenica massacre during the war in Bosnia, and, in 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize with a team of Times reporters for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is the author of a forthcoming book about the Trump Administration, the F.B.I., and the C.I.A. His other books include: “Beyond War: Reimagining America’s Role and Ambitions in a New Middle East”; “A Rope and a Prayer: The Story of a Kidnapping” (co-authored with his wife, Kristen Mulvihill); and “Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe’s Worst Massacre Since World War II.” Follow him on Twitter at @RohdeD.

Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at NBC, CNN and PBS. Follow her on Twitter at @JudyWoodruff.

 

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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

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