This event has been postponed.
Hostage-taking and wrongful detention threatens the integrity of the international political system. As geopolitical tensions increase around the globe with the ongoing wars in Ukraine and Gaza, studies suggest that the frequency and duration of hostage-taking have intensified. What measures can the United States and other countries take to deter hostage taking by foreign governments and actors? What is the most effective approach to ensuring the safe release of wrongfully detained citizens abroad?
On January 17, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings will host a virtual event to discuss these issues with Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens.
PanelJeffrey Feltman John C. Whitehead Visiting Fellow in International Diplomacy - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and TechnologyCynthia Loertscher Former Director of Research, Hostage Advocacy, and Government Affairs - James W. Foley Legacy Foundation