Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

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Making the Case: What are the Real Lessons of Benghazi?

Aki Peritz, Mieke Eoyang

May 2013

Third Way


The obsession over talking points on Benghazi misses some much bigger insights. This memo makes the case that critical steps must be taken to help avoid future tragedies, including: Improve the protection for diplomats; Better pre-position quick reaction forces; and Build better managers at the State Department.