21st Century Statecraft Month: Digital Engagements January 23-27

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 are participating 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.

This week’s engagements include the following events:

a) The Department is launching “My State Department” today. “My State Department” is an optional interface that allows users to customize their view of the vast electronic collection that comprises
www.state.gov, for targeted, quick and easy access to the foreign policy topics that they find most interesting.

b) Today, January 24, U.S. Department of State Director of Policy Planning Jake Sullivan participated in a “Live at State” video chat to discuss U.S. foreign policy priorities with bloggers and journalists from around the world.
The video will be available on

c) Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration David Robinson will hold a Facebook Chat from 12:00-12:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 24. Acting Assistant Secretary Robinson will discuss how the
United States provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world.

d) Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer will hold a Twitter Q&A in Spanish via
@USAenEspanol from 2:00-2:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 24. Acting Assistant Secretary Hammer will discuss U.S. foreign policy and the Western Hemisphere region.

e) For the first time, the Department will stream President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address live to all Embassy and Consulate websites and Facebook pages worldwide on Tuesday, January 24. The speech will be instantly
delivered via a new streaming video channel placed directly on Embassy and Consulate Website and Facebook pages. The speech will be rebroadcast on a 24-hour loop to reach international audiences across all time zones, accompanied by special Q&A sessions with
former Members of the U.S. Congress.

On Wednesday, January 25, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union William Kennard will participate in a discussion organized by the European Broadcasting Union on access to communication networks and
creative content online. The U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) will post video of the discussion on its Facebook and YouTube platforms.