- A New America report indicates US hostages fare far worse than other Western hostages
- Peter Bergen and Christopher Mellon: This is in part because the US refuses to pay ransoms or make other concessions
- The Trump administration has an opportunity to reverse course on this policy, allowing more wiggle room
Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor at Arizona State University. He is the author of "United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists." Christopher Mellon is a researcher at New America.
(CNN)American hostages are more than twice as likely to die in captivity or remain captive as hostages from other Western nations, according to a report by New America released Sunday.