Assessing responses to terrorist-related kidnap-for-ransom


6 November 2017


Egmont Palace, Salle Orange, 8 bis Place du Petit Sablon, 1000 Brussels.

The Egmont Institute and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) have the pleasure of inviting you to our joint workshop: 

Assessing Responses to Terrorist-Related Kidnap-for-Ransom

(from 14:00 to 16:30)

Governments continue to be concerned about kidnapping as a source of terrorist finance. A host of international commitments, underpinned by UN Security Council Resolutions and domestic laws, forbids the commercial resolution of terrorist-related kidnappings and prevents governments from making concessions to terrorists.

Yet, it is also common knowledge that, in practice, the UN ban lacks the support of key signatories, who prioritise the immediate preservation of life over their counterterrorism commitments. The status quo increases the returns from kidnapping for groups designated as terrorist organisations by the UN and increases the terrorist threat to citizens of all states.

This event will begin with a presentation of a new RUSI Occasional Paper, followed by panellist comments and audience Q&A.

The event will take place under the Chatham House Rule.

Coffee and cookies will be available before the conference.





Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Anja Shortland, Reader in Political Economy, King’s College London

Emmanuel Saliot, Adviser to the EU Counterterrorism Coordinator

Moderator: Thomas Renard, Senior Fellow, Egmont Institute


Participation by invitation only.

Please register by 03 November


(Photo credit: Robert Occhialini, Flickr)