After Benghazi: Security Operations for Transformational Diplomats
by Marques A. Bruce
The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security has evolved significantly since it was established following the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon. Likewise, the establishment of the High Threat Programs Directorate (HTP) following the September… Read More
There is No Silver Bullet and Other Lessons from Colombia
by Stuart Lippe
Colombia has always had large, ungovernable areas where the authority of the central government was often tenuous or non-existent. Colombians seemed to prefer to focus on their home regions, leaving the vast hinterlands to fend… Read More
Retired Ambassadors David Lambertson and Patrick Moon gave the latest presentation in the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series, speaking about Ambassadorial Expectations and Country Team Operations on April 3. During their presentation Ambassadors Lambertson and Moon shared their experiences on Embassy Country Teams and discussed an Ambassador’s expectations of U.S. personnel… Read More
Demystifying the Interagency Process and Explaining the Ambassador’s Role
by Ronald E. Neumann
This article is designed to be an introduction to the interagency process and its application in the field for those unfamiliar with the subject.
One great obstacle to understanding the interagency process is the tendency,… Read More
The IBM Center for The Business of Government recently published a report examining interagency coordination in Afghanistan. The author draws on interviews with ambassadors, generals, and other important figures, analyzing the interactions between U.S. civilian and military efforts in Afghanistan from 2001-2009...
A report released by the Government Accountability Office appraises current administrative service costs incurred by the State Department’s overseas embassies...