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March 7: Diplomacy — The Art of Hostage Negotiation & the Science of Arms Control

March 7: Diplomacy — The Art of Hostage Negotiation & the Science of Arms Control

American Purpose

Please join us for a discussion on crisis negotiation co-sponsored by American Purpose, DC Public Library, & Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).


  • Paul Beckett, assistant editor at The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); part of the WSJ team working to secure the effort to free imprisoned journalist Evan Gershkovich
  • Pavel Butorin, husband of detained U.S. citizen Alsu Kurmasheva and director of RFE/RL’s Russian-language TV and media network Current Time
  • M.J. Crawford, political-military officer at the U.S. Department of State, who helps to advance arms control priorities among NATO Allies
  • Fletcher Schoen, Office of Hostage Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and Army Special Operations veteran whose work contributed to Brittney Griner’s release
  • Nicola Careem, Head of News Division, RFE/RL, who manages news content published in 23 countries and 27 languages
  • Jeffrey Gedmin, editor-in-chief and co-founder of American Purpose and board member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board, will moderate

Thursday, March 7, 2024
12:30 - 2:30pm EST

West End Neighborhood Library - Large Meeting Room
2301 L Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20037

This event will be filmed.

To watch online in real time, you may stream from the following:

DC Public Library:

Radio Free Liberty / Radio Europe (RFE/RL):

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