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September 14, 2009

The Negotiation Behind The News

Three young Americans caught hiking near the border of Iran are still being held while their families wait for information. Peter Bourne has spent much of his career helping people like those Americans. After working in politics and diplomacy for years, he’d developed quite a rolodex of interesting contacts. He started working with then-Congressman Bill Richardson in 1995 and helped spring two American contractors from a prison in Iraq. As he tells Dick Gordon, international prisoners are rarely released on purely humanitarian grounds: politicians on both sides nearly always have some kind of quid pro quo to play.

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