security / hostages / resilience

Media and Publications

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Recent media

Why Israeli Hostages Went Missing in Gaza, Joshua Zitser, Business Insider, 28 November 2023

The Briefing, Monocle Radio, 27 October 2023

I’m a hostage expert – this is what’s going on between Israel and Hamas, The Independent, 20 October 2023

Interview with Colin Murray, BBC Radio 5 Live, 18 October 2023

Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, 17 October 2023

How does Israel get its hostages back? The News Agents podcast, 12 October 2023

How hostage negotiators will be working to free people taken by Hamas, Josephine Franks, Sky News, 12 October 2023

Rachel Briggs OBE speaks with Naga Munchetty about the hostage crisis in Gaza, Times Radio, 11 October 2023

The US left my father behind on Iran’s death row in $6bn prisoner swap, i Newspaper, 23 September 2023

Clarity Factory Founder Uncovers the Undeniable Correlation Between Diversity and Innovation in the Security Industry, Ontic Women Who Protect Podcast, August 2023

Easy Prey Podcast, Cyber Security is Broken, February 2023

ASIS DEI Study Addresses Male-Dominated Security Market, Security Sales & Integration, 19 January 2023, Jason Knott

How CSOs can ensure diversity, equity and inclusion in corporate security, Wire19, January 19 2023, Amy Sarah John

Understanding the Diversity Dividend, ASIS International Podcast, January 2023

Where Does DE&I Stand in the Security Industry, Security Management Magazine, 18 January, 2023

Cyber Leadership and Costly Mistakes, Association of Date and Cyber Governance podcast, November 2022

Ask an ASIS Champion: Insights from Rachel Briggs, ASIS International, September 2022

British hostages ‘left floundering’ in rogue states by a revolving door of foreign secretariesi Newspaper, August 2022

Brittney Griner’s freedom will be sold off by the Kremlin as hostage diplomacy keeps paying off, i Newspaper, August 2022

The Final Days of Captivity, Delayed Gratification, April 2022

Easy Prey Podcast, March 2022

Five steps to tackle state hostage taking, The World Today, 3 December, 2021

Why businesses cannot be blind to the rise of state hostage taking, Investment Monitor, 24 November 2021

The Dilemma of Europe’s Returning Female Jihadis, EU Observer, September 2021

Hostage Taking: A conversation, with Phil Gurski of Borealis Threat and Risk, July 2021

Learning from hostages: six lessons for resilience for these difficult times, in Parents with Preparedness, Issue 2, December 2020

Bringing Americans Home 2020, launch event hosted by Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation and CNN, speaking alongside Lisa Monaco, Diane Foley and Cindy Loertscher.

A British Import: Help for families of hostages seized abroad, Rick Gladstone, The New York Times, August 11, 2017

Don’t forget the Americans held hostage around the world, Rachel Briggs, Washington Post, December 21, 2018

Aid Group for Hostages’ Families Seeks to Help Through ‘Lonely Experience’, Carrie Johnson, November 23, 2018, NPR

FifTV interview, August 2018

A Fruitless Fixation on Terrorist Attacks, Financial Times, July 2006

Events and Videos

State Sponsored Hostage Taking Chatham House, October 2021

Responding to Non-State Hostage Taking Chatham House, November 2021

The Legacy of Guantanamo Bay Prison Chatham House, March 2022

Evidence to Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry into State Hostage Taking, May 2022

Keyboard Warriors or International Terrorists? Chatham House, July 2022


Effective Board Governance of Cyber Security: A source of competitive advantage, with Richard Brinson, Savanti, September 2023

Effective board governance of cyber security – why the SEC is right to regulate, with Richard Brinson, Savanti, July 2023

Empowering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Corporate Security, ASIS International, January 2023, with Paul Sizemore

Cyber Security is Broken: Here’s how to fix it, Savanti, 2022 with Richard Brinson

‘The Fall of the Big Men’, Global Dashboard, June 2020

Western Foreign Fighters: Innovations in responding to the threat, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2014

Foreign Fighters: The challenge of counter-narratives, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2014

Inspire, Radicalise, Recruit: Countering the appeal of extremism online, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2014

‘New Alliances in Foreign Policy’ in M Roberts and U Storck (eds.), One Nation in the World: A new foreign policy for the left, Fabian Society, 2013

Foreign Fighters: The challenge of counter-narratives, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2013

Review of Programmes to Counter Narratives of Violent Extremism, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2013

Tackling Extremism: De-radicalisation and disengagement, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2012

‘The New Radical Right: A policy brief’ in The New Radical Right: Violent and Non-Violent Movements in Europe, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2012

Radicalisation: The role of the Internet, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 2011

‘Hearts and Minds and Votes: The role of democratic participation in countering terrorism’ in J. Schwarzmantel and H.J. Kraetzschmar (eds.), Democracy and Violence: Global Debates and local challenges, Routledge, 2011

‘Community Engagement for Counter-terrorism: Lessons from the United Kingdom’ International Affairs, 86: 4, 2010 [subscription required]

‘Hearts and Minds and Votes: The role of democratic participation in countering terrorism’, Democratisation Journal 2010

‘Renewing Foreign Policy’, Renewal, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 2009

‘Radicalisation among Muslims in the UK’ in Michael Emerson (ed.), Ethno-Religious Conflict in Europe: Typologies of Radicalisation in Europe’s Muslim Communities (CEPS, 2009)

‘Why are we so scared of the Respect Party? Why dissent is our best hope for a cohesive Britain’, Renewal, Vol. 15, No. 2/3, 2007

Cultural Diplomacy: The role of culture in international relations, Demos 2007

Bringing it Home: Community-based approaches to counter-terrorism, Demos 2006

The Business of Resilience: Corporate security for the 21st century, Demos 2006

In Good Company: The role of business in security sector reform (foreword), Demos 2005

Joining Forces: From national security to networked security, Demos 2005

16 Days: The role of the Olympic Truce in the toolkit for peace, Demos 2004

Doing Business in a Dangerous World, The Foreign Policy Centre, 2003

Keeping Your People Safe, The Foreign Policy Centre, 2003

The Unlikely Counter-Terrorists (ed), The Foreign Policy Centre, 2002

Travel Advice: Getting information to those who need it, The Foreign Policy Centre, 2002

The Kidnapping Business, The Foreign Policy Centre, 2001

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