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As piracy off the coast of Somalia has diminished due to intervention by an international flotilla of warships, the practice has spread to Indonesia, the West Coast of Africa, the Mediterranean, and South America.
How does piracy affect us?
Current as today's headlines, Kapringen (A Hijacking) is a high-tension psychological thriller offering a study of leadership, teamwork and negotiation in crisis situations.
Based on real events, this is a profoundly believable story about ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. Unlike the action thrillers we're fed by the movie industry, there is no superhero or contrived rescue with the cavalry riding in to save the day — and the result is far more gripping and real than any Hollywood treatment.
> Behind the Scenes - real-life events, director and cast perspectives.
One mistake can mean life or death to the crew on board a Danish ship taken hostage by Somali pirates. Back in Denmark, the shipping company's CEO boldly ignores advice from a professional hostage negotiator and decides to deal directly with the pirates himself.
Conditions worsen on the claustrophobic ship as the psychological pressure intensifies and months pass while negotiations continue. Shifting between chaotic conditions onboard and the offices of the Danish shipping company, the film examines the art and consequences of hard bargaining in this high-pressure drama.
In the process, we come to know two key participants – the affable cook on the MV Rozen and the tightly-wound CEO of the Danish shipping company – both increasingly psychologically exhausted. From the frustrating process of the negotiation, to the harrowing confinement faced by the ship's crew, we're given a focused, yet comprehensive portrait as the drama unfolds from two entirely different perspectives.
Director Tobias Lindholm is relentless in his quest for realism: filming on a cargo ship that was actually hijacked with a cast including ship's crew members held for ransom. At the home office, shot in an actual Danish shipping firm, a real-life hostage negotiator assumes the same role in the film.
The extensive pre-production research, tension-inducing screenplay, character development and strong performances, excellent cinematography and editing — all combine to create a stark realism and documentary feel — making Kapringen a powerful and captivating film.
Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council
The mission of the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council (GCWAC) is to be the leader in preparing the region and its citizens, individually and collectively, to thrive in the 21st century global environment, by promoting international understanding, engagement, and cooperation.
The World Affairs Council actively leads in the development of internationally focused activities that include education, exchange of people and ideas, and facilitation of global linkages.
Learn more about the benefits of membership, our informative programs, and opportunities to meet with and know international visitors.
Contact Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director, or Katie Krafka, Manager of Operations and Education Programs, at (859) 448-8984 and visit GlobalCincinnati.org.
Foreign Policy Leadership Council
The Foreign Policy Leadership Council of Greater Cincinnati (FPLC) is a regional Cincinnati organization comprised of former government officials, academics, business leaders, writers and emerging leaders who seek to help shape the next generation of thinking about US foreign policy, its domestic impact and America's place in the world.
The FPLC is an affiliate of the National Security Network of Washington, D.C., one of the nation's leading nonpartisan organizations devoted to serious study, analysis and education about national security and foreign policy.
The Foreign Policy Leadership
Council of Greater Cincinnati
2200 PNC Center, 201 East Fifth St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513 651 6166
Joseph Dehner, Chairman
Julie Zavon, Secretary
The Dinner Program
Prepared by Jeff Thomas Catering:
Warm Tajine chicken salad in Charmoula sauce on seven-vegetable couscous (some without chicken for vegetarians).
Baby arugula with grilled eggplant, papaya and hearts of palm with Balsamic vinaigrette.
Grilled warm Nan.
Assorted shot glass desserts.
Vino Tinto ~ Tempranillo Campos Reales, 2010; plus coffee & tea.
Speaker: F William Smullen, III
"Thinking Strategically about America's Future"
Biography, Bill Smullen
Colonel Bill Smullen, (USA Ret) was appointed Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, in June of 2003.
He is also Maxwell's Senior Fellow in National Security and adjunct professor of Public Relations in the university's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Prior to his position with Syracuse University, Bill was the Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and of the U.S. Department of State beginning in January 2001. As principal advisor to the Secretary, he was responsible for monitoring and evaluating the formulation and implementation of departmental policies. He was also involved in the planning and development of concept strategy associated with foreign policy matters.
Col. Smullen retired from the U.S. Army in 1993. His last assignment on active duty was Special Assistant to the eleventh and twelfth Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., and General Colin L. Powell.
Upon leaving active duty, from 1993 to 2001 Bill was the Executive Assistant to General Powell, with responsibility for managing the General's private office and professional activities and he also assisted with the writing and promotion of his best-selling autobiography, "My American Journey," published in 1995. Beginning in 1997 he doubled his responsibilities by becoming the Chief of Staff for America's Promise – The Alliance for Youth, which General Powell chaired from May 1997 to January 2001.
A professional soldier for 30 years, his military career included a series of infantry, command and staff assignments at the platoon, company, battalion, brigade and division levels, as well as several public affairs positions including Media Relations Officer at West Point and Chief of Media Relations for the Department of the Army.
Overseas Army tours took him to Korea, Panama and twice to Vietnam. His military schooling included the Army's Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. His military citations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and both the Combat Infantryman's and the Parachutist's Badges.
Among his career accomplishments, he was elected to Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Hall of Fame, the University of Maine ROTC Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the University of Maine 2007 Alumni Career Award – the highest honor presented by the University of Maine Alumni Association.
He also received the Public Relations Society of America's Lloyd B. Dennis Distinguished Leadership Award in 2007, and in 2005, was named to Strathmore's "Who's Who," as one who has demonstrated leadership and achievement in his occupation and profession.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Economics from the University of Maine in 1962 and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1974.
Explore the National Security Studies program and obtain contact information for Col. Smullen here.
Recognized as one of the world's best graduate schools of public affairs, you can learn more about the departments, centers and institutes comprising the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.