ATbar Held Hostage: A Look At Recent Hostage Barricade Attack Behaviors

Held Hostage: A Look At Recent Hostage Barricade Attack Behaviors

08/07/2019 | by Rothschild, Lauren  

ABSTRACT

 

In the post 9/11 era, there have been several hostage barricade attacks carried out in the West. Hostage barricade attacks elicit widespread media coverage that can put the population of a country at a standstill for an extensive amount of time in suspense of the hostages’ fates as well as anticipation to negotiation efforts. In reference to these attacks, this paper aims to examine why terrorists carry out hostage barricade events in the Western world and what themes can be observed from terrorist behavior, interest in negotiations, and use of media. By examining seven attacks, this paper concludes that the terrorists did not seek out hostages in order to provoke meaningful political negotiation, regardless of their interest in direct media interaction.

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