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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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Securing Diplomacy in the War on Terrorism

Securing Diplomacy in the War on Terrorism

A Critical Perspective

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Diplomatic Security

Clara Eroukhmanoff

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores the entanglements of Western diplomatic efforts with the war on terrorism, arguing that this involvement might increase diplomats’ insecurity. It takes a critical approach to “security” and the “securitization” of diplomacy, that is, the discourse that portrays Western diplomats as under an “unprecedented” level of threat that requires extraordinary security measures. The securitization of diplomacy in the theaters of the war on terrorism has led to further distancing between diplomats and locals, translating into the use of isolated fortress embassies and the resort to military escorts and private security companies. This chapter sheds light on the short-term and problem-solving nature of this securitization and seeks instead to re-engage diplomacy as a powerful structuring force in the international system.

Keywords:   securitization, diplomatic studies, critical theory, practice theory, estrangement, counterterrorism

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