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NCJ Number: 134623 Find in a Library
Title: Hostage-Taking Negotiations: Incident-Response Strategy
Author(s): A C MacWillson
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 275
Sponsoring Agency: St Martin's Press
New York, NY 10010
Publication Number: ISBN 0-312-06784-4
Sale Source: St Martin's Press
Scholarly & Reference Division
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines the problems faced by governments in handling terrorist hostage situations; it addresses the specialized subject of crisis management when applied to hostage taking incidents.
Abstract: The first chapter provides an overview of the development of international terrorism including summaries of definitions, the causes and objectives of terrorism, terrorist methods, and the incidence of hostage taking. The book analyzes the development of terrorist incident handling and negotiation objectives of both government and terrorist. A separate chapter focuses on negotiating philosophy, cell organization, objectives, attitudes of participants toward hostage taking, and the role of hostages in the negotiations. Effective government crisis management may be determined by incident management and response planning, as well as containment and armed response; this chapter also discusses factors affecting strategic and tactical decisionmaking. Operational and support requirements as well as technical support requirements for crisis management and negotiations are covered. Factors and considerations, armed assault, and intelligence that could impact on incident resolution are examined. Other chapters deal with the psychological aspects of hostage taking, kidnap and random issues, and international counterterrorism. Future trends are discussed in terms of tactics and countermeasures. Three case studies of hostage taking are presented: the South Moluccan train siege, hostage taking incidents in Honduras, and the Iranian Embassy siege.
Main Term(s): Hostage takers; International terrorism
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Crisis management; Hostage negotiations
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