“US hostages more likely to die than others from the West” CNN
Peter Bergen and Christopher Mellon write about the fate of American hostages and the evolution of U.S. policies for hostage recovery. A report from New America shows that Americans and British citizens who are taken hostage are more likely to be killed and less likely to be released than counterparts from other countries. This is because the U.S. and U.K. both have no-ransom policies while other countries are willing to negotiate ransom exchanges for hostages. Bergen and Mellon suggest that the Trump administration can improve hostage outcomes by either changing the no ransom rule or clarifying the stance on immunity from prosecution for third parties who pay the ransom for Americans.