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Wilson Center: Michael Scott Moore and 'Pirates, Islam, and US Hostage Policy'

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June 24, 2015 | 12:00 PM EDT
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Journalist Michael Scott Moore was held hostage for 32 months by Somali pirates. He is recovering...

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Michael Scott Moore surrounded by his Somali captors, who demanded a $20 million ransom. Image taken from hostage video made by kidnappers.

Join Pulitzer Center grantee Michael Scott Moore in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, June 24, as he reflects upon his nearly three-year ordeal as a captive of Somali pirates. The the Middle East Program and the Africa Program at the Wilson Center are sponsoring the event titled, "Pirates, Islam, and US Hostage Policy".

Moore, who holds both US and German citizenship, traveled to Somalia in early 2012 to report on the pirates who were wreaking havoc on the shipping lanes off the Horn of Africa. Careful plans for his security were in place, but even his most careful plans went awry when the car he was traveling in was ambushed by a dozen gunmen along the airport road in Galkacyo.

Moore endured 977 days as a hostage in Somalia. His gripping account of the ordeal appears for the first time in print in The Guardian and Der Spiegel. At the Wilson Center event, Moore will discuss his time in captivity, with a focus on certain myths about hostage-taking.

The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is a non-partisan policy forum focusing on global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform the policy community.

RSVP for the event.

"Pirates, Islam, and US Hostage Policy"
Wednesday, June 24
Woodrow Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza -1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20004