"Behind the Scenes: Inside Hostage Negotiations"
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    "Behind the Scenes: Inside Hostage Negotiations"

    A conversation with hostages' expert and author Mickey Bergman

    When: Monday, 6/10/2024 7:30 PM

    Where: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor


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    Hostage negotiations don't follow traditional diplomatic rules. When innocent Americans sit behind bars in hellhole foreign prisons, it's up to expert negotiators like Mickey Bergman to get them home. Between the strong-willed foreign leaders and the emotional rollercoaster of being responsible for innocent lives, his debut book In the Shadows tells the true hidden story of these high-stakes rescue campaigns from the perspective of an international hostage negotiator. Join us in a conversation with Mickey and learn what it's like to sit down with America’s toughest adversaries and devise ways to bring trapped hostages home.

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    Mickey Bergman is the CEO of Global Reach, and VP of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, non-governmental, non-profit organizations that negotiate the release of political prisoners and hostages around the world. A special operations veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, he has spent the past decade freeing Americans from some of the most complex and insulated countries on earth, including Iran, North Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Syria, Gambia and Sudan. He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service, where his graduate courses focus on the art of emotional intelligence in international relations. He was nominated for the 2019 and 2023 Nobel Peace Prize alongside former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

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    The conversation will be moderate by Emma Goss, a reporter for J. The Jewish News of Northern California and NBC Bay Area.


    Monday, June 10
    7:30–9:00 PM
    Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg. F), 4th Floor
    Contact: Maya Yaniv | [email protected]




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