• Now Media,  Public Diplomacy

    Event: Smart Power, New Media and Public Diplomacy

    MITRE Corporation launches a new lecture series titled “Smart Power”. First up is Jeremy Curtin, Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), on May 27, from 9:00 to 10:00 am. His presentation, “Smart Power, New Media and Public Diplomacy,” will be webcast live at http://www.cpcwebcast.com/state.

  • Media,  Public Diplomacy

    The White House, Social Media, and Public Diplomacy

    Be sure to read the interesting op-ed by Jim Hoagland in The Washington Post titled A President Goes Friending. It’s pretty clear Mr. Hoagland doesn’t quite know what to make of the new-fangled means of communication. To his credit, he admits it: My reaction no doubt resembles that of a blacksmith at the turn of the last century catching his first thrilling, then horrifying, glimpse of a motorcar. Mr. Hoagland is not alone. The media, many public affairs officers, and governments in general, tend to view “now media” as a distinct world and not another channel of communication. Of course with any new medium of engagement there’s a fear. The…

  • Public Affairs

    Briefing 2.0 – Answers

    Ask questions and you get answers. Assistant Secretary of State Sean McCormack announced a new program to engage the American public in fulfillment of the his mandate “to help Americans understand the importance of foreign affairs.” Sean took a different route – a hybrid route – than his boss and the Department of Defense, both of whom bypassed the Fourth Estate and went after the proto-/pseudo-/pamphleteering media of the Fifth Estate with their own Blogger Roundtables where the discussion was propagated by the bloggers. Instead, Sean used new media – YouTube, Facebook, and State’s own blog DipNote – to field questions from the general public and respond directly within the…

  • Public Diplomacy

    Blogger Roundtable with Under Secretary Glassman (Updated with links and transcript)

    From op-eds to intense interviews, this Under Secretary is not afraid of the media or of public engagement. With any luck, future Secretaries of State and Under Secretaries of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (or whatever it becomes transformed into it touched) will have the same realization that the Department of State must also be the Department of Non-State and put energy and resources into public engagement.