Security of U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad: Background, Federal Initiatives, and Staff Training

Teresa D. Boles (Editor)

Series: Defense, Security and Strategies
BISAC: POL012000



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The United States maintains about 285 diplomatic facilities worldwide. Attacks on such facilities and on U.S. diplomatic personnel, are not infrequent. The deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, along with attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen, drew renewed attention to the challenges facing U.S. diplomats abroad, as well as to the difficulty in balancing concerns for their security against the outreach required of their mission. Congress plays a key role in shaping the response to these challenges, such as by providing resources for diplomatic security and examining security breaches overseas. This book provides background information on the organization, practice and funding of U.S. diplomatic security efforts. It also provides summary information on the September 11, 2012, attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, as well as on the subsequent Accountability Review Board. (Imprint: Novinka )


Chapter 1 - Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad: Background and Policy Issues (pp. 1-34)
Alex Tiersky and Susan B. Epstein

Chapter 2 - Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad: Legislative and Executive Branch Initiatives (pp. 35-70)
Alex Tiersky

Chapter 3 - Countering Overseas Threats: Gaps in State Department Management of Security Training May Increase Risk to U.S. Personnel (pp. 71-110)
United States Government Accountability Office


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