The U.S., Japan and other nations strongly condemned the apparent beheading of a Japanese journalist by the extremist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. ISIS had demanded millions of dollars for his release. Japan and Jordan were trying to arrange a prisoner swap to secure the journalist’s freedom. The murder was announced by ISIS in a video over the weekend. Recent kidnappings underscore the dilemma faced by nations whose citizens are captured by extremists. The U.S. policy is that it does not pay ransom. But other nations do, usually through intermediaries. Diane and her guests discuss hostage policy.


  • Robin Wright Analyst and joint fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center; author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World"; contributing writer to The New Yorker.
  • Peter Bergen CNN's national security analyst; a vice president and director of the international security program at New America; author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden - From 9/11 to Abbottabad."
  • Dane S. Egli Former senior adviser to President George W. Bush on hostage rescue policy as a director on the National Security Council and chair of the White House Hostage Working Group from 2004-2006; author of "Beyond the Storms: Strengthening Homeland Security and Disaster Management to Achieve Resilience."

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