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.
The recent beheadings of two British aid workers in Syria doesn't surprise those who know the dangers facing humanitarians in such dangerous countries. And with so many ongoing crises around the world, murders, kidnappings and harassment are expected to rise even further. An exclusive feature on aid worker security.
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.