This chapter concludes the book with four reflections on how readers can shift power away from kidnappers, protect at-risk populations, and safeguard hostages. First, hostages can help smooth their own release by not volunteering financial information to their kidnappers. Second, stakeholders who understand how hostage negotiations work are less likely to inadvertently strengthen the bargaining position of the kidnappers. Third, politicians should recognize the counterproductive nature of the UN ban on ransom payments to terrorists as it is currently practised. Its reform would increase public security. Finally, a better understanding of the power of private governance should reduce public demands for government interference in this tricky, politically sensitive, and ethically problematic market.
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