Who has been taken, what were Hamas’ motives, how common is mass hostage-taking and is there hope for the safe return of hostages?

I have written a short explainer for Chatham House outlining why Hamas has taken hostages, what they might be looking to achieve, how this mass-hostage taking compares to others and whether it is an unusual event, and what might happen next for the hostages.

You can read my piece on the Chatham House website.