21st Century Statecraft: Continuing the Conversation

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer, center; responds to #AskMike questions from the Departments official Spanish Twitter feed, @USAenEspanol, on January 24, 2012. Also pictured: Director of the Office of International Media Engagement Abigail Dressel, left; Specialist Assistant Mireille Zieseniss, third from right; Public Affairs Specialist Sarah Goldfarb, second from right; and Acting Director of Digital Communications Center Ed Dunn, right. [State Department photo by Ben Chang/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Alec Ross serves as the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Innovation.

Technology and new innovations are changing the world in which we live. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is responding to these challenges by adapting our foreign policy agenda to leverage new innovations in service of our diplomatic and development goals. This is 21st Century Statecraft — complementing traditional foreign policy tools with newly innovated and adapted instruments of statecraft that fully leverage the networks, technologies, and demographics of our interconnected world.

Today marks the end of “21st Century Statecraft Month” at that State Department — an entire month dedicated to using new tools and engaging new networks in pursuit of addressing today’s challenges. During the month, I had the privilege to speak with a group of journalists and bloggers… more »

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