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Bringing Americans Home: A Conversation with Diane Foley and Cynthia Loertscher

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with the founder of the James W. Foley Foundation, Diane Foley, and Cynthia Loertscher, the lead researcher for “Bringing Americans Home,” the First Non-Governmental Assessment of US Hostage Policy and Family Engagement.

Resources: Does the U.S. No-Concessions Policy Deter Kidnappings of Americans? (https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE277.html)   University of Maryland START Global Terrorism Database (https://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/) Held Hostage: Analyses of Kidnapping Across Time and Among Jihadist Organizations (https://ctc.usma.edu/held-hostage-analyses-of-kidnapping-across-time-and-among-jihadist-organizations/)   To Pay Ransom or Not to Pay Ransom? (https://www.newamerica.org/international-security/policy-papers/pay-ransom-or-not/) Why concessions should not be made to terrorist kidnappers (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0176268016300143) We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38392505-we-want-to-negotiate) Presidential Policy Directive -- Hostage Recovery Activities (https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/24/presidential-policy-directive-hostage-recovery-activities) Bringing Americans Home: The First Non-Governmental Assessment of U.S. Hostage Policy and Family Engagement (https://www.newamerica.org/international-security/reports/bringing-americans-home/)