Evan Gershkovich, 31 years old, is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he covers Russia, Ukraine and the former Soviet Union.

In March 2023, he was arrested in Russia while on a reporting trip and accused of spying, making him the first American journalist detained in Russia on espionage charges since the Cold War. The Journal and the U.S. government vehemently deny the allegations. President Biden and news organizations around the world have joined the Journal in calling for Mr. Gershkovich’s immediate release.

This panel discussion will examine the broader context and implications of Mr. Gershkovich's detainment, and the growing trend of nations such as Russia and Iran using high-profile American detainees for diplomatic leverage.

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