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Negotiating Hostage Crises with the New Terrorists (Praeger Security International) [Kindle Edition]

Adam Dolnik , Keith M. Fitzgerald

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"Dolnik and Fitzgerald make a strong empirical case that even terrorists who claim to be more keen on dying than we are on living are rational negotiators. They show that lives can be saved even in seemingly hopeless situations if proper negotiation techniques are applied. The book should be on the shelf of every hostage-negotiator and, even more so, on the shelves of those who reject negotiations with terrorists out of hand."-Prof. Alex P. Schmid, Director, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews.

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This book is about the role of negotiation in resolving terrorist barricade hostage crises. What lessons can be learned from past deadly incidents so that crisis negotiators and decision makers can act with greater effectiveness in the future? What are the lessons the terrorists are learning and how will they affect the dynamics of future incidents? What can we learn about the terrorist threat, and about preventing the escalation of future terrorist hostage-taking situations?

While there are many trained crisis negotiators around the world, almost none of them has ever had contact with a terrorist hostage-taking incident. Further, the entire training program of most hostage negotiators focuses on resolving crises that do not take into consideration issues such as ideology, religion, or the differing sets of strategic objectives and mindsets of ideological hostage takers. This is especially true with regard to the terrorists of the new breed, who have become less discriminate, more lethal, and more willing to execute hostages and die during the incident. Further, many of the paradigms and presumptions upon which the contemporary practice of crisis negotiation is based do not reflect the reality of the new terrorists.

The main focus of this book is on the detailed reconstruction and analysis of the two most high-profile cases in recent years, the Moscow theater and the Beslan school hostage crises, with a clear purpose of drawing lessons for hostage negotiation strategies in the future. This is an issue of top priority. Terrorist manuals from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq reveal that terrorist organizations are very closely observing and analyzing the lessons learned from these two incidents, suggesting that we are likely to see this type of new terrorist hostage taking involving large numbers of suicide fighters and executions of hostages at some point in the future. This raises a wide array of questions about appropriate responses and negotiation strategies. From the first glance, it is clear that we are not prepared.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0275997480
  • Publisher: Praeger Paperback (30 Nov. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003D9AMZS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Negotiation still has a place 18 Jan. 2009
By Paul James Harper - Published on
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Negotiation still has a place in crisis negotiation with what the authors call 'new terrorists'.

The new terrorists have read our manuals, and learn from previous incidents. But they still have 'rational' goals. While they are 'ready to die' that does not mean it is their preferred option.

Negotiation is not about making deals with hostage takers. It is about influencing their behavior. The negotiator has three tasks:

Keep the situation calm;
Gather intelligence;
Buy time. (For security forces to gather personnel and equipment for a tactical rescue or preferably for the situation to be resolved peacefully. Either the terrorists walk out or the tactical intervention force goes in. In the end the choice is up to the terrorist.

This book won't impress chickenhawks who watch a lot of Rambo movies. This book should be read by negotiators, tactical teams and more importantly police and government managers who may think looking tough is more important than being effective.

The research on the Beslan tragedy does bring into question a lot of the material provided by Russian sources in John Gidducks useful book Terror at Beslan: A Russian Tragedy with Lessons for America's Schools While that book remains useful it appears the rape and drug use stories about the hostage takers may have been fabricated by the Putin government.

I will be re-reading that book critically soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best 22 Dec. 2008
By Anders Vestberg - Published on
book ever...very useful and good case study...hard to read but very very good and informative!!!
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