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Whale Hunting: Covert Diplomacy: Diplomacy, Death Threats and Hostage Negotiations

If your loved one was kidnapped by a terror group like ISIS, your first instinct might be to scream for help from the rooftops. This, Daniel Levin says, would not be a good move. Daniel has spent years working on all kinds of conflict resolution, from freeing hostages to bringing political adversaries to the table or helping countries recover after civil war. This week on Whale Hunting, host Tom Wright talks to Daniel about his remarkable experience in the art of track three diplomacy. Together, they discuss how off-the-record dialogues can shape the fate of nations, and how Daniel’s work with the Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance is taking an innovative approach to society building and global crises.

Is there a way to achieve peace in Israel and Palestine?

Daniel Levin: Is there a way to achieve peace in Israel and Palestine? I believe there is

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“In 1948, my father was severely wounded in the final days of the Arab-Israeli war, referred to by Israelis as the War of Independence, and by Palestinians as the Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Arabic. The left side of his body was blown away, including his left arm. When I was a little boy, he often told me about his friends who had died in battle, and said that he dreamed of the day when there would be peace between Israelis and Palestinians, so that my generation would no longer have to fight these wars. In 1990, during the first intifada, I served in an Israel Defense Forces combat unit in Gaza. And here we are, all these decades later. So much for my father’s dreams.”

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Former IDF and Hostage Negotiator Talks Israel/Palestine War, Iran, Saudi Peace Deal, Biden/Trump

Daniel Levin spent his early years as the son of a diplomat in the Middle East and in Africa, which exposed him to many cultures, languages, and religions. Following his law studies and an initial academic career, he has spent the last twenty-five years working with governments and development institutions worldwide, focusing on economic development and political reform through financial literacy, political inclusion, and constitutional initiatives. He is also engaged in track 3 diplomacy and mediation efforts in war zones.

Daniel Levin has worked with think tanks on novel constitutional models and on anticorruption and political reform initiatives. Over the past ten years, he has helped monarchies as they consider ways to increase the democratic legitimization of their monarchic systems. Daniel Levin is currently a member of the board of the Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance. He is married with two children, and lives outside New York City.

Menschen werden gehandelt wie Kaffee oder Waffen

Menschen werden gehandelt wie Kaffee oder Waffen

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Im neuen Buch «Zwanzig Tage» von Daniel Levin geht es um eine Geiselnahme in Syrien – der Autor berichtet über seine geheime Mission.

tachles: Sie leben als Anwalt in den USA und leiten parallel dazu die Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance. In welchen Bereichen ist die Foundation tätig?
Daniel Levin: Die Foundation wurde als gemeinnützige Stiftung im Jahr 2009 vom Fürsten von Liechtenstein ins Leben gerufen mit dem ursprünglichen Ziel, ein Wissensinstrumentarium an Entwicklungsländer zu vermitteln. Es geht darum, Tools zu entwickeln und weiterzugeben, mit denen die Verantwortlichen der betroffenen Länder dort selbst agieren können. In den letzten Jahren hat sich der Wirkungsbereich der Stiftung auch in Richtung Mediation in Kriegszonen wie Libyen, Syrien oder im Jemen entwickelt.

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Conducting Negotiations: An Interview with Daniel Levin

Conducting Negotiations: An Interview with Daniel Levin Kalavinka Viewpoints, October 19, 2022

Kalavinka Viewpoints, October 19, 2022

Daniel has spent the last twenty-five years working with governments and development institutions worldwide, focusing on economic development and political reform through financial literacy, political inclusion, and constitutional initiatives. He is also engaged in track 3 diplomacy and mediation efforts in war zones. He is currently a member of the board of the Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance and the author of several books including his most recent, Proof of Life.

A Deep Dive into Hostage Negotiation with the Author of “Proof of Life”

A Deep Dive into Hostage Negotiation with the Author of “Proof of Life” Daniel Levin

What is life like in hot conflict zones? What happens when a foreigner is kidnapped in the Middle East? How does the war economy work? Check out this conversation with author Daniel Levin. He is a lawyer turned arm conflict negotiator. In 2021, Daniel published a book called “Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East.” Exceptionally well-connected in the Middle East through foundation work, Daniel is active in conflict zones and is often asked to help with missing people and hostage negotiation. This intense and suspenseful book is about the search for an American named Paul. Daniel draws on deep historical and personal perspectives in our far-ranging conversation. Join me for this inspiring story; it’s the best twenty-five minutes you’ll spend today.

The Jordan Harbinger Show #617

Daniel Levin | How to Find a Missing Person in the Middle East

Daniel Levin is an attorney, political commentator, and author of Nothing but a Circus: Misadventures Among the Powerful and Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East.

The Jordan Harbinger Show: Ep. 617: Daniel Levin – Finding a Missing Person in the Middle East

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What We Discuss with Daniel Levin:

  • How the Syrian regime kidnaps westerners and blames the opposition, keeping them in captivity — often for years — as bargaining chips.
  • How Daniel became the go-to person for hunting down a missing person in Syria when no government, embassy, or intelligence agency would help.
  • What proof of life means in a kidnapping scenario, and how someone in search of a missing person goes about finding this.
  • How people use leverage to get what they want from one another in a place where no one does a favor without wanting something in return.
  • The nuances of negotiating with criminals.
  • And much more…