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“James Foley: Journalist, ISIS Hostage, Son” – with His Mother Diane Foley

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Summary Diane Foley (Website, LinkedIn) joins Andrew (X; LinkedIn) to discuss the legacy of her son, James Foley. James was held hostage and murdered by ISIS in 2014.  What You’ll Learn Intelligence The enduring legacy of James’ murder James’ time in captivity in Libya  A mother’s experience communicating with her son’s captors How hostage recovery efforts have evolved since 2014 Reflections Grief turned into action Forgiveness, empathy, and resilience  And much, much more … Quotes of the Week “[Jim] could have been teaching or doing so many things, writing … but he just felt those stories were essential. And it really made me realize and recognize the courage of our current journalists going into Ukraine or Gaza. We wouldn't have any idea what's happening in that part of the world without those folks who dare to be there and dare to find ways to tell that story and bring it back to us.” – Diane Foley. Resources  SURFACE SKIM *Spotlight Resource* American Mother, Colum McCann and Diane Foley (Etruscan Press, 2024) *SpyCasts* CIA Director, Defense Secretary, Gentleman with Leon Panetta (2024) Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy with Michael Vickers (2023) My Life Looking at Spies & the Media with Paul Lashmar (2022)  ISIS Leader al-Mawla: Caliph. Scholar. Canary. Snitch. with Daniel Milton, West Point CTC Director (Part 1 of 2) (2022) ISIS Leader al-Mawla: Caliph. Scholar. Canary. Snitch. with Daniel Milton, West Point CTC Director (Part 2 of 2) (2022) *Beginner Resources* Syria: Seven Years of War Explained, BBC News, YouTube (2018) [5 min. video] FACT SHEET: U.S. Government Hostage Policy, Office of the Press Secretary (2015) [Short brief] Jim’s Story, James W. Foley Legacy Foundation (n.d.) [Background on James Foley] DEEPER DIVE Books The Isis Hostage, P. Damsgard (Pegasus Books, 2017) Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, J. Warrick (Anchor, 2016) Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, C. Voss & T. Raz (Harper Business, 2016) Primary Sources  A Proclamation on U.S. Hostage and Wrongful Detainee Day (2024) Executive Order on Bolstering Efforts to Bring Hostages and Wrongfully Detained United States Nationals Home (2022)  FBI Hostage Rescue Team Policy Guide (2019)  Report on U.S. Hostage Policy (2015) Murder of James Foley Press Statement (2014) Hostage Negotiation: A Matter of Life and Death (1983)  Current Status of the Hostage Crisis and the Implications of US Policy Options (1980)  *Wildcard Resource* “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” by Tony Orlando and Dawn (1973) This song was a #1 hit when it was originally released in 1973. Six years later, the song resurged and gained even more popularity during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The song became an unofficial hostage recovery anthem, as the lyrics poignantly hint to welcoming a loved one home from captivity.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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