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'Across the Aisle' on Hostage Diplomacy

April 29, 2024 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

The Institute of Global Politics at Columbia SIPA hosts an Across the Aisle discussion about the challenge of hostage diplomacy for U.S. foreign policy. Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton will moderate a conversation with CSIS Commission on Hostage Taking and Wrongful Detention co-chair Ambassador Robert O’Brien and executive director Jason Rezaian, as well as Ambassador Roger Carstens, Sean Penn, and Dr. Julia Nesheiwat. Speaking from experience, this bipartisan panel of U.S. diplomats and experts will share their perspectives on the importance of working across the aisle to bring wrongfully detained Americans home.

Contact Information

Jason Rezaian
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Middle East Program

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State

Amb. Robert O’Brien

Former U.S. National Security Advisor and Co-Chair, CSIS Commission on Hostage Taking and Wrongful Detention

Amb. Roger Carstens

Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Dr. Julia Nesheiwat

Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Resilience

Sean Penn

Academy-Award Winning Actor, Filmmaker and Founder of CORE