Negotiating with Terrorists: Strategy, Tactics and Politics / Edition 1

Negotiating with Terrorists: Strategy, Tactics and Politics / Edition 1

by Guy Olivier Faure, I. William Zartman
     
 

This edited volume addresses the important issue of negotiating with terrorists, and offers recommendations for best practice and processes.

Hostage negotiation is the process of trying to align two often completely polarised parties. Authorities view hostage taking as unacceptable demands made by unacceptable means. However terrorists view their actions as

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This edited volume addresses the important issue of negotiating with terrorists, and offers recommendations for best practice and processes.

Hostage negotiation is the process of trying to align two often completely polarised parties. Authorities view hostage taking as unacceptable demands made by unacceptable means. However terrorists view their actions as completely justified, even on moral and religious grounds. If they are to try and reconcile these two sides, it is essential for hostage negotiators to understand terrorist culture, the hostage takers’ profiles, their personality, their view of the world and also the authorities, their values and their framing of the problem raised by the taking of hostages.

Although not advocating negotiating with terrorists, the volume seeks to analyse when, why, and how it is done. Part I deals with the theory and quantifiable data produced from analysis of hostage situations, while Part II explores several high profile case studies and the lessons that can be learnt from them.

This volume will be of great interest to students of terrorism studies, conflict management, negotiation, security studies and IR in general.

I William Zartman is the Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution and former Director of the Conflict Management and African Studies Programs, at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) Program at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. He is author/editor of over 20 books on negotiation, conflict and mediation.

Guy Olivier Faure is Professor of Sociology at the Sorbonne University, Paris I, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) Program at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. He has served as an advisor to French government on hostage negotiations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415566292
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2010
Series:
Political Violence Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

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The PIN Program at the IIASA

Introduction Negotiating with terrorists - who holds whom hostage? Guy Olivier Faure Faure, Guy Olivier I. William Zartman Zartman, I. William 1

Pt. I How to negotiate: kidnapping the kidnappers 29

1 Guidelines for negotiating with terrorists Laurent Combalbert Combalbert, Laurent 31

2 Quantitative and qualitative aspects of kidnapping and hostage negotiation Alex P. Schmid Schmid, Alex P. P. Flemming Flemming, P. 47

3 Supping with the Devil David Pinder Pinder, David 69

Pt. II Practical/tactical: freeing the hostages 85

4 Terrorist negotiation strategy in Lebanon Karen A. Feste Feste, Karen A. 87

5 Negotiating in Beslan and beyond Adam Dolnik Dolnik, Adam 125

6 Negotiating visible and hidden agendas Victor Kremenyuk Kremenyuk, Victor 148

7 Negotiating the grand swap in Kandahar P. Sahadevan Sahadevan, P. 163

Conclusion: lessons for action Guy Olivier Faure Faure, Guy Olivier I. William Zartman Zartman, I. William 197

References 214

Index 226

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