Navigating International Hostage Situations
February 5, 2020
12:00pm to 2:00pm

A lunch conversation on hostage situations featuring Governor Bill Richardson, Ambassador Dana Shell Smith, and Special Agent Kieran Ramsey.

Unfriendly relationships between the United States and other countries or organizations put U.S. citizens and companies at risk of being targeted for kidnapping and violence. Negotiating the release of prisoners and hostages in these situations is a dangerous and poorly understood process—particularly where no formal communication channels exist between the U.S. government and these forces. Join us as we explore the best ways to navigate the complex and opaque reality of hostage negotiations.

Please note: this event is under Chatham House Rule.


Governor Bill Richardson, Founder, The Richardson Center for Global Engagement

Bill Richardson served as as a member of Congress (1982-1996), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998), Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton (1998-2000), and governor of New Mexico (2003-2011). Read more.

Ambassador Dana Shell Smith, Board Member, Hostage US

Dana Shell Smith is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown University and a former career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar from 2014-2017. Read more.

Special Agent Kieran Ramsey, Director, Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, FBI 

Kieran Ramsey is the director of the FBI's Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, where he leads the U.S. government’s dedicated interagency coordinating body at the operational level for the recovery of U.S. national hostages abroad.


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