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Why Not Let Diplomatic Security Do It?

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

Here’s a thought: why don't the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) agents protect the President when he travels to foreign countries?

If there is a constant theme in public diplomacy, it is that the people in the field, at the embassy, know best how to do what the USG needs done.

One reason the Secret Service agents in Cartagena got caught with their pants down (metaphorically speaking) is because they were out of their element.  They were in unfamiliar, foreign territory. 

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Summary: A career public diplomacy officer, Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and manages communication strategies for private clients. 


Ambassador Brian E. Carlson, a former Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service, currently assists international media and audience analysis firm InterMedia on defense and diplomatic sector activities. 

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