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The rapidly changing global environment affects the nature of the work done by consuls and the conditions under which they work. Among the significant challenges that consuls face globally is the emergence of new security risks that threaten peace, security, and development. The events of 11 September 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, have brought into sharp focus the new security environment in many countries. Events like these have led the international community and individual states, as well as groups of countries, to evaluate the security risks in diplomatic and consular missions and to propose sweeping new changes. These policy and strategic changes constitute part of the conceptual redefinition of international and national security.

The European Union, for instance, has recently adopted a security strategy to deal with its internal security challenges. This reflects an all-encompassing approach that includes national actions affecting policing, criminal law, immigration, border control, counter-terrorism, national security agencies cooperation, information and intelligence gathering and sharing. What is particularly striking is the long list of crimes that are now considered as endangering national and international security. These include terrorism, serious and organized crime, trafficking in illicit drugs and arms, human trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors and pornography, economic crime, cybercrime, corruption, document fraud, and money laundering. 

As long as we have to deal with the challenges in the world due to the differences in religion, poverty, corruption, human rights, etc., we need to keep each other safe. As diplomats, representing your country overseas, you may encounter a hostile atmosphere in the country you (temporarily) live in. Especially if you represent your government which is engaged in military operations or in a region where activist groups try to draw attention to their cause through violence.

In some cases, when embassy or consulate staff are not in conflict with the government of the country they live in, they may still be exposed to threats from non-governmental terrorist groups. These threats may include kidnapping or terrorist attacks, for instance. Unfortunately, this leads to increased attention to the protection of and security measures for diplomats around the world.


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