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Negotiating With Terrorists: The History, The Statistics & The Skills

Start/End Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name JG 807

Join the National Security Law Society for a discussion about the world of crisis and hostage negotiations related to terrorism incidents. During this talk, law enforcement detective and Columbia Law School research scholar Jeff Thompson shares a history of terrorism related to hostage incidents, including interesting statistics based on over one thousand incidents worldwide.

Find out about missed opportunities during the Beslan school siege by terrorists as 2014 marks the ten-year anniversary of the deadliest hostage crisis in history.  Topics also covered include the rising impact of social media during terrorism related hostage incidents, as well as the recent research study by Abrams and Gottfried that explores, based on hundreds of incidents, whether it really pays for terrorists to take hostages.

This talk is designed to be interactive so come join us to learn about this interesting field of negotiation while Detective Thompson shares ways you can apply this to your life in law school and beyond.

Non-pizza lunch will be served.

A brief research report is available for advance reading on the topic. Please contact Matt Danzer,, for a copy of the report.