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Secretary of State Blinken and Canadian Foreign Minister Joly Set to Keynote Hostage Diplomacy Event at Wilson Center

WASHINGTON– US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly will deliver keynote remarks at the Wilson Center on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 during the event, “Hostage Diplomacy as an International Security Threat: Strengthening our Collective Action, Deterrence and Response.”  

The Secretary and Foreign Minister’s remarks will be followed by two panels examining hostage diplomacy as a threat to international security and how the international community responds to and deters state actors who arbitrarily detain individuals for diplomatic leverage.  

The event, webcast live from the Wilson Center’s Flom Auditorium in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, February 13th, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET, is being held on the third anniversary of the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations.

Media interested in covering the event can attend virtually via livestream and should RSVP here.  Any questions about the event can be directed to Ryan McKenna, Wilson Center Media Relations Manager at

Tuesday’s event is co-hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Global Affairs Canada.