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Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East
Daniel Levin, Armed-conflict negotiator

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East


*Contributor’s Circle Members are invited to an additional 15 minutes Question & Answer meeting following the program

Over the course of 20 days in 2014, Daniel Levin was faced with a momentous task: find a young man who had gone missing in Syria. When no government, embassy, or intelligence agency would dare to take on the mission, Levin employed his extensive contacts to hunt down the missing man amidst the chaos of the region. He met with powerful sheikhs, drug lords, and sex traffickers on his rescue mission, taking readers into an underground world that few even realize exists, and finding a few Good Samaritans along the way.

Daniel Levin is an armed-conflict negotiator, engaged in track 3 diplomacy and mediation efforts in war zones. As the son of a diplomat, Levin spent his formative years in the Middle East and Africa. For the past 25 years, Levin has worked with governments and global institutions to bring about economic development and political reform. He is a board member of the Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance. Levin holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich, as well as an L.L.M from Columbia University School of Law.

Moderated by Michael Judge

Michael Judge, a writer, freelance journalist, and contributing editor at The Dallas Morning News, is a former deputy editorial features editor at The Wall Street Journal and former deputy editorial page editor at The Asian Wall Street Journal. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, his career spans more than two decades on three continents. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Japan Times, NPR, The Columbia Journalism Review, Politico, and Smithsonian magazine, among other publications.



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