Monday, January 12, 2009

James Glassman's Public Diplomacy 2.0

In late 2008, the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs entered the social networking scene with their ExchangesConnect website. In addition to the ExchangesConnect website you can find interesting posts on DIPNOTE (their new blog), a Facebook page, and YouTube. What are your thoughts on these new public diplomacy efforts of the United States?

An interesting case study on the use of these new public diplomacy/foreign affairs social networking and media tools is found with the Israeli New York Consulate Twitter Press Conference and subsequent updates[1] on the current Israel-Gaza conflict.

You can read related information this new approach to diplomacy and foreign relations on the USC Center on public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School CPD Blog here:

[1] The Israel Consulate has 4,548 followers on Twitter as of this posting.

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