Kidnappings and Hostage Situations Timeline

Oct 05 2014

Libya: British Hostage Released After Ransom Payment

Oct 05 2014

Mexico: Mass Grave Discovered

Sep 30 2014

Syria: Islamic State Releases Some 70 Kurdish Hostages

Sep 25 2014

The Jihadist Kidnapping Threat Persists

Sep 24 2014

Turkey: Special Forces To Guard Foreign Offices

Sep 22 2014

Algeria: Islamic State Affiliates Kidnap French Citizen

Sep 18 2014

Building Blocks of Personal Security: Reacting to Danger

Sep 17 2014

Building Blocks of Personal Security: Understanding Your Environment

Sep 15 2014

Building Blocks of Personal Security: Mindset

Aug 15 2014

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kidnaps Dozens From Fishing Village

Aug 14 2014

Cameroon: Soldiers Missing After Boko Haram Attack

Jul 31 2014

Determining Whether 'Something Worse' Could Replace Hamas in Gaza


Since the “Stockholm syndrome” hit the media in the early 1970s, following a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, kidnappings and hostage situations have become virtually an academic field of study. Situations vary, depending upon the captors and their goals. To avoid (or survive) such ordeals, it helps to know what they look like and how they might unfold.

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