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Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations


This last week’s deeply contrasting stories of two New Englanders caught in the Middle East’s maelstrom of violence — the savage murder of James Foley and the joyous release from captivity of Peter Theo Curtis — point to a central question: Why do some hostages die while others are released?


Burns, Nicholas. "Why Do Some Hostages Die, and Some are Released?" Boston Globe, August 28, 2014.