WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ambassador Bushnell will address the recent attack in Benghazi – where the deaths of the U.S. Ambassador and other officials put a harsh spotlight on a number of fundamental issues affecting U.S. embassies: Can the State Department make its diplomats more secure and can embassies be protected from armed attack? How are security threats to embassies assessed? Which diplomatic postings benefit – and which do not – when budgets are cut? What responsibilities do senior career and political officials in Washington have for security issues? What should a smart security policy look like? Can the independent review boards set up to investigate attacks (such as those in Kenya, Libya and Tanzania) make a difference?
Prudence Bushnell was chief of mission in Nairobi, Kenya in 1998, when Al Qaeda members, under orders from Osama bin Laden, exploded a massive truck bomb outside the U.S. embassy there. The blast killed 213 people, including 44 U.S. government employees. Despite superficial injuries, Bushnell played a major role in the rescue work. After Kenya, Bushnell served as U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala (1999- 2002) and as dean of the Leadership School at the Foreign Service Institute. She is currently the CEO of Sage Associates, a consulting firm.
This National Press Club Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in the club's Zenger Room on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
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