Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 13, 2012


The U.S. Department of State has designated January 2012 as 21st Century Statecraft month. Twenty-first Century Statecraft complements traditional foreign policy by harnessing and adapting the digital networks and technologies of today’s interconnected world. The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Missions abroad have developed a range of initiatives to showcase U.S. diplomatic leadership in leveraging digital networks and technologies in service of its foreign policy goals.

Throughout the month of January, U.S. officials in Washington, DC and at U.S. Missions abroad will participate in digital engagements across multiple social media platforms on a wide array of issues to directly connect with the public on foreign policy issues that matter to them.

Next week’s engagements include the following events:

  • Mr. Thomas Hodges, Director of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, will participate in a Live at State video chat with Chinese-language bloggers and journalists to discuss U.S.-China educational exchanges at 7:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, January 17.
  • Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner will deliver opening keynote remarks on Tuesday, January 17 at 9:00 a.m. EST at the 8th annual State of the Net Conference. Two years after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first addressed global Internet freedom as a core policy priority, the Assistant Secretary will reflect on the past year in discussing the challenges and responsibilities of the public and private sector to advance a free and open Internet. Follow the event on @State_DRL using the hashtag #SOTN.
  • On Wednesday, January 18, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer will deliver remarks at the launch of UNESCO’s curriculum development program Teaching Respect for All, which promotes anti-racism and tolerance. The curriculum is being launched in partnership with the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Bahamas, Germany, France, Indonesia, Slovakia, Canada, and the European Union. U.S. Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith, U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal, and other State Department officials will join a webchat/Tweet-Up held in conjunction with the event. Tune in Wednesday, January 18 at 8:30 AM EST (2:30 PM UTC). You can participate in the event and join a Twitter discussion by following the hashtag #Dignity4All.
  • The Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Innovation Alec Ross will hold a worldwide Twitter Q&A to discuss 21st Century Statecraft at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 19. Submit your questions to @AlecJRoss.

In addition, Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland is taking questions from the public selected from the Department’s 10 official Twitter feeds (Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu) and answering them from the press briefing room each Friday during the month of January. Questions can be submitted using the hashtag #AskState. You can view last week's Twitter briefing here.

Stay tuned to www.state.gov, the DipNote blog, @StateDept on Twitter and the U.S. Department of State’s official Facebook page for additional engagement opportunities on our social media platforms throughout 21st Century Statecraft month.



PRN: 2012/055