Why I think we need to bring back our citizens from Syria so they can face justice at home
As the ‘two Michaels’ are released from being held hostage in China, our Chatham House event explains what state hostage taking is and what we can do to end it.
I realized early on that foreign policy and national security were not things that happened to ‘other people’ – when a family member was kidnapped in Colombia these big and scary things became an every day part of my life.
State hostage taking by countries like Iran is on the rise. The UK has an opportunity to lead the way by raising the standard of support for hostages and their families, enhancing understanding of the problem, and bringing allies together to end this once and for all.
I recently came across this piece in the New York Times Magazine by Doug Bock Clark, whose work on Americans in trouble overseas I have come to respect and admire. He describes the plight of Americans held in Kuwait –… Read More ›
Bellingcat have been key players in solving puzzles related to some of the most important intelligence challenges of the last decade; chemical attacks in Syria, the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 over the Ukraine and the Salisbury poisonings, to name just a few.
Do they replace our intelligence agencies? No, of course not. Should they make those agencies think again about what’s possible and how to make the most of open source data? Absolutely.