Pod Hostage Diplomacy

Jonathan Franks, Crisis management consultant for American hostage families | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

February 23, 2022 SenseOfDuty Media Episode 25
Pod Hostage Diplomacy
Jonathan Franks, Crisis management consultant for American hostage families | Pod Hostage Diplomacy
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Jonathan Franks is a crisis management consultant for families of Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained overseas. Jonathan has worked with the family of Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi held in Mexico as well as Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Navy veteran Michael White both held in Iran. All these men have now been freed. Jonathan is now working with the family of American and former US Marine, Trevor Reed currently held in Russia since August 2019.

On this episode, we have the honour of speaking to Jonathan himself. We discuss the work he does for American families, his background as a former staff member within the US House of Representatives and his key advice for American families with a loved one held hostage or wrongfully detained overseas. We also discuss campaigning approaches, how to communicate with the public, message discipline, engaging with the media, appearance on camera, racism in media coverage and workarounds as well as what the US government needs to do better to bring Americans held overseas home and what the public can do to help.

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Intro
Who is Jonathan Franks?
How Jonathan helps American families
Jonathan’s background
Trevor Reed overview
Key advice for American hostage families
Playbook for American hostage families
Campaign to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
US government support for hostage families?
Appearance on camera
Don’t try to be a subject matter expert in foreign policy
Message discipline
Hope-based campaigning
Racism and workarounds
What the US government needs to do better
How the public can help
How to contact Jonathan Franks
Jonathan’s message to the families