The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) supports people-to-people conversations with foreign publics on U.S. policy priorities. To carry out this mission, IIP leverages digital communications technology to reach across platforms - from traditional forms of communications to new media channels. The bureau takes a strategic, data-driven approach to develop multimedia, digital communications products and to manage an overseas network of bricks-and-mortar American Spaces. Whether discussions take place in person or in virtual spaces, the bureau’s top goal is to connect people with policy through dialogue that is relatable and understandable. In addition to IIP’s ongoing programs, the bureau stands up timely special focus communications campaigns that respond to emerging issues. Bureau Coordinator Macon Phillips heads the IIP senior leadership team.

Where does IIP fit into the Department’s larger public diplomacy mission?

State Dept. Coordinator for International Information Programs Macon Phillips, Asst. Secretary for Public Affairs Douglas Frantz and moderator Emily Parker, [L-R] discuss digital diplomacy at the State Dept. Foreign Press Center. New York, NY on Feb. 18, 2014. Photo, State Dept. Flickr

“IIP works in between the news of the day and the experience of a lifetime. We want to engage audiences around the world to work with the United States on areas of shared interest.”

- Macon Phillips, Bureau Coordinator, IIP

IIP belongs to the State Department’s public diplomacy family of bureaus. While the Bureau of Public Affairs manages news of the day primarily for U.S. audiences and the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs bureau builds long-term relationships through exchanges, IIP advances U.S. foreign policy goals directly with foreign audiences in support of U.S. embassies, consulates and missions abroad.

Highlights from IIP Products and Programs

English Club meeting at the @america American Corner, Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 7, 2014. The State Dept. Bureau of International Information Programs manages more than 500 American Spaces around the globe. Photo, Rachel Cooke for State Dept.

American Spaces With some 700 Spaces in more than 150 countries worldwide, American Spaces provide welcoming environments where visitors can connect and learn about the United States.

IIP Interactive live-streams programs on the internet and makes them available for viewing on demand. IIP Interactive is part of the State Dept. Bureau of International Information Programs. Photo, State Dept.

IIP Interactive provides a virtual space where people can exchange ideas freely and directly with subject experts, opinion-makers, community leaders and U.S. officials.

ShareAmerica is a digital platform optimized so content flows across social media networks with easy access from mobile devices. Photo, State Dept.

ShareAmerica is a digital platform optimized so content can flow seamlessly across social media networks with easy access from mobile devices.

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Press Inquiries: Contact IIP

To explore the Department’s global social media presence, see a list of links to official social media accounts managed by U.S. embassies, consulates, and other missions.

Follow IIP Bureau Coordinator Phillips on Twitter @macon44

Follow the IIP Bureau on Twitter @IIPState

Follow ShareAmerica on Twitter @shareamerica

Follow IIP Interactive on Twitter @USAInteracts