Hostage Negotiation

The Takeaway

U.S. May Lift Ban on Paying Ransoms

Monday, April 27, 2015

Senior officials say a White House-ordered advisory board will recommend lifting the ban on paying ransoms for U.S. hostages held overseas.


The Brian Lehrer Show

The Algerian Hostage Crisis

Friday, January 18, 2013

John P. Entelis, professor of political science and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, talks about the background of the hostage situation at an Algerian gas field, and the actions of the Algerian government. Entelis is also the editor of The Journal of North African Studies.

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The Takeaway

The Real Life Story of the Fake Movie Designed to Rescue American Hostages in Iran

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

In 1979, as the Iranian Revolution was in high gear, militants took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage. While the United States negotiated the release of the 52 hostages, an entirely different rescue mission was being planned for 6 other Americans who’d managed to escape and were hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's home in Tehran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Hostages and Gun Mandate

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's not just Friday, it's Follow-Up-Friday! Maki Haberfeld, professor of police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, on President Obama's analogy between negotiating the tax bill and negotiating with hostages. Then, Mark Graber, a Professor of Law and Government at the University of Maryland, and Slate author Jeremy Singer-Vine  follow up on a caller's claim that there was once a period in American history in which citizens were legally obligated to own guns.

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