AZTALK : Should the U.S. government do more to discourage American aid workers from going to the most dangerous places in the world?
No. It isn’t the governments place to dictate, incentivize, etc where or who it’s citizens choose to give their time / resources to. Unless doing so would constitute some treasonous behavior. Ex: funding weapons for our enemies. However, the government shouldn’t make exceptions for those that choose to make decisions that put them in danger. Going to a region and catching a disease (think Ebola) or being taken as a hostage (think Middle East) might put you in a position where the United States government can’t (and shouldn’t) put itself at harm in helping.