What can international aid groups do to better protect their staff operating in volatile environments where they can get kidnapped or killed? While full security is impossible, here are five starting points from security directors and consultants.

About the authors

  • Derek Kravitz

    Derek Kravitz is a research scholar at New York’s Columbia University, working on a forthcoming book project about the Afghanistan war. In the past, Kravitz worked for The Associated Press and The Washington Post in Washington, D.C., and now in New York he’s a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and TheNewYorker.com. Kravitz is a former fellow at Columbia University's Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
  • Colm O'Molloy

    Colm O'Molloy is a multi-platform journalist based in Washington D.C., where where he reports on North American stories for BBC News and other outlets. He has extensive experience of working in conflict zones, including Nigeria and Afghanistan. O'Molloy conducted extensive research into global kidnap and ransom trends as a fellow at Columbia University's Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.