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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

About the author:

Daniel Levin was at his office when he got a call from an acquaintance with an urgent, cryptic request to meet in Paris. A young man had gone missing in Syria. No government, embassy, or intelligence agency would help. Could he? Would he? So begins a suspenseful, shocking, and at times brutal true story of one man’s search to find a missing person in Syria over twenty tense days. Levin, a lawyer turned armed-conflict negotiator, uses his extensive contacts to chase leads throughout the Middle East, meeting with powerful sheikhs, drug lords, and sex traffickers in his pursuit of the truth. He also discovers remarkable people who retain their essential goodness and spirit in the face of adversity.

In Proof of Life, Levin dives deep into a shadowy world where few have access—an underground industry of war where everything is for sale, including arms, drugs, and even people. He offers a fascinating study of how people use leverage to get what they want from one another and where no one does a favor without wanting something in return, whether it’s immediately or years down the road.

Proof of Life is a fast-paced thriller wrapped in a memoir, a must-read for anyone interested in power dynamics, international affairs, the Middle East, or our growing number of forever wars.   

Moderated by
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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