Thursday, April 4th 2013
There is a little dust up going on over in Egypt these days. It appears to be a public fight between the U.S. embassy and the Egyptian Presidency – and the Muslim Brotherhood – over the arrest of an Egyptian television comedian.
But what makes it interesting in terms of modern diplomacy is the way it is being fought – via Twitter.
Thursday, February 28th 2013
You bet they do! But perhaps not as many foreign missions as you might expect are into social media, and most are not as extensively engaged as you would think.
That is the way I interpret the research project on the use of social media by embassies in Washington, D.C. conducted by Jeanette Gaida, as part of the Global Communication program at George Washington University.
Tuesday, February 12th 2013
Here it is Valentine’s Day, and there is lots of advice for the lovelorn being offered. I want to do my part – with some thoughts on why the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy should embrace the newly reauthorized U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
Saturday, February 9th 2013
Some of the bloom is "off" the social media rose.
Two years have passed since the initial demonstrations in Tahrir Square, and today not many journalists or other “new media” enthusiasts still claim that Twitter started, sustained or steered the 2011 Egyptian uprising. Indeed, many of the participants vociferously challenge the idea that Twitter or Facebook were anywhere nearly as important as their own determined efforts.
As part of the reassessment of social media’s role, Marc Lynch, George Washington University’s leading Middle East political analyst, writes an immensely intelligent commentary in Foreign Policy. The subtitle foretells his principal point: “How social media is hurting the Arab Spring.” (Image above from Foreign Policy)
Wednesday, January 30th 2013
At the risk of going against the grain, I am going to suggest that Hillary Clinton is not the model for the next Secretary of State.
Yes, I know, the hagiography is in full flow. Many say that never has the nation been blessed with a Secretary of State so wise, so traveled, so energetic, so attuned to the world’s cares, as this one.