Center for Strategic Communication

Embassy Cairo Shuts Down Twitter Feed after Muslim Brotherhood Spat

Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo shut down its Twitter feed Wednesday following a public fight with the Egyptian Presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood over the arrest of an Egyptian television star.


America could learn from rappers’ tribute to Radio Free Europe

Ted Lipien / Digital Journal

Led by Peja of the Polish rap group Slums Attack, Europe’s rappers recorded a multilingual tribute to political and cultural freedom message of the American-funded station Radio Free Europe.


Food + Diplomacy = Gastrodiplomacy

Mary Jo Pham / The Diplomatist

Food is the butter to diplomacy’s bread. It is also an incredibly powerful, nonverbal means of communication.


Public Diplomacy Goes Public

Brian Carlson / The Public Diplomacy Council

There is a little dust up going on over in Egypt these days.  But what makes it interesting in terms of modern diplomacy is the way it is being fought – via Twitter.


Two very different suggestions for increasing American support of  Foreign Aid

Michael Duffin / CPD Blog

When it comes to budget cuts, Americans are reluctant to reduce spending on most programs. According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, they are least reluctant to cut foreign aid and State Department funding. This is not a recent trend.


Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff killed in Afghanistan ‘had a great worldview’

Jennifer Delgado and Vikki Ortiz Healy / The Chicago Tribune

As strangers lined up for white ribbons and American flags to show their support, family and friends of Anne Smedinghoff mourned the loss of a young diplomat who was determined to see the world — and possibly beyond.


Diplomacy and the Digital Age

Arturo Sarukhan / The Huffington Post

Critically, digital diplomacy and the use of social media are not substitutes for sound policy or policy design and implementation. No savvy use of technology can sugarcoat bad policy or poor public diplomacy.


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Trace Effects: The State Department’s English-Teaching Video Game

Matthew Wallin

While the attractiveness of video games has been growing over the years and is reaching new audiences, we must also consider some of the key factors that make gaming attractive to the age range that the State Department is targeting.

Event Recap: Nation Branding and Global Politics

Lívia Pontes Fialho

“The best branding is good policy,” said Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of the world’s largest advertising and communications company, WPP. Sir Martin was the main speaker at ASP’s event on Nation Branding and Global Politics earlier today, where he shared perspectives on country and city branding.