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Diplomatic SecurityA Comparative Analysis$
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Eugenio Cusumano and Christopher Kinsey

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780804791052

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804791052.001.0001

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A Century of US Diplomatic Security

A Century of US Diplomatic Security

An Evolutionary Response to a Changing Threat Environment

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(p.11) 1 A Century of US Diplomatic Security
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Diplomatic Security
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Patrick Cullen

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804791052.003.0002

The United States' diplomatic security apparatus that operates today from Washington DC to Iraq and Afghanistan is uniquely massive. It is incomparable in its size, budget, degree of institutionalization, and level of sophistication when set against both other nations as well as its own humble origins in WWI. To understand why this is so, the first half of this chapter historically maps and causally explains how, and why, US diplomatic security has been transformed over the course of its modern hundred-year history. The second half provides an empirically rich study of the various roles and functions of the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the US military units that protect the US diplomatic mission.

Keywords:   diplomatic security, United States, State Department, counterterrorism, counterespionage, Marine Corps, private security

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