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US diplomat honored for urging embassy rethink

Tuesday - 6/26/2012, 4:52pm  ET

By BRADLEY KLAPPER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - An American diplomat whose cables helped spur a re-evaluation of "overly barricaded" U.S. embassies has been honored at the State Department for his efforts to improve U.S. diplomacy.

Joshua Polacheck was given the award Tuesday for "constructive dissent" after arguing to higher-ups that diplomacy can be undermined when embassies are constructed outside of city centers and behind high walls.

His cables challenged the prevailing approach since the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His cables helped lead to a department-wide review of embassy planning.

The award was given by the American Foreign Service Association, the union for U.S. diplomats.


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