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RUSI Paper Launch – Closing the Gap: Assessing Responses to Terrorist-Related Kidnap-for-Ransom

10 November 2017, 16:00
RUSI Whitehall
This latest RUSI Occasional Paper considers responses to terrorist-related KfR and proposes ways in which the gap between words and actions can be closed.

Governments continue to be concerned about kidnapping as a source of terrorist finance. A host of international commitments, underpinned by UN Security Council Resolutions and domestic laws, forbids the commercial resolution of terrorist-related kidnappings and prevents governments from making concessions to terrorists.

Yet, it is also common knowledge that, in practice, the UN ban lacks the support of key signatories, who prioritise the immediate preservation of life over their counterterrorism commitments. The status quo increases the returns from kidnapping for groups designated as terrorist organisations by the UN and increases the terrorist threat to citizens of all states.

This event will begin with a presentation of this new RUSI Occasional Paper, followed by panellist comments and audience Q&A.

Due to the nature of the topic, the event will be held off-the-record.

Copies of the Occasional Paper will be available at the event.

Tea and coffee will be served from 1530.  The event will begin at 1600.

April 2014: then French President Francois Hollande embraces French nationals who were held hostage by Daesh for ten months. France reportedly paid €13 million to secure their release. Courtesy of Liewig Christian/ABACA/PA Images
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