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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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Risk Management in US Diplomatic Security

Risk Management in US Diplomatic Security

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Diplomatic Security

Thomas Stocking

Stanford University Press

Over the last thirty-five years, the Department of State (DoS) has experienced four wrenching incidents: the 1983 Beirut embassy bombings; the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings; the 2007 Nisour Square incident; and the 2012 attack on the Benghazi Special Embassy Mission. These tragic events have challenged US approach to diplomatic security, forcing the DoS Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) to become less tolerant of risk and better able to assess and understand the consequences of the risks it continues to face. Drawing on the author’s experience as a special agent within the DS, this chapter examines these four incidents as catalysts for a more robust understanding of risk management in the DoS, outlining their implications on the evolution of US diplomatic security.

Keywords:   United States, State Department, diplomatic security, risk management, embassy construction, Benghazi, accountability

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