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dc.contributor.advisorFernandez, Lauren
dc.contributor.advisorRollins, John
dc.contributor.authorHyatt, Rodney
dc.date16-Jun
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-02T19:35:21Z
dc.date.available2016-08-02T19:35:21Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/49493
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractNations around the world, including the United States, have been battling terrorist hostage-takings by instituting no-concessions policies. The hope is that denying terrorists their demands will remove all incentives for hostage-taking, thereby eliminating its practice. However, since this policy has been in existence, research has shown that hostage-takings have increased. Considering the recent, highly publicized beheadings of hostages held by the Islamic State, is there a better policy option, such as one that protects U.S. citizens who are being held hostage? To answer this question, this thesis conducted a policy options analysis. Criteria were developed from the literature, and the current U.S. policy was compared to two other policy options. The research found that current U.S. policy does not effectively achieve its goals and, as such, does not offer the best protection to U.S. citizens. As a result, the thesis concluded that the United States would be better served by removing the no-concessions rule and focusing on a policy that punishes terrorists who participate in hostage-taking.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleGranting concessions and paying ransoms to terrorists: a policy options analysis of the U.S. policy on hostage recoveryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairsen_US
dc.subject.authorterrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorterroristen_US
dc.subject.authorhostageen_US
dc.subject.authornegotiatingen_US
dc.subject.authorconcessionsen_US
dc.subject.authorpolicyen_US
dc.subject.authorransomen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, Louisiana State Police, Baton Rougeen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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