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Nikki Haley’s Twitter account raises protocol concerns

Ever since she took over as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley’s personal Twitter account has been an object of fascination for the diplomatic set. On the @nikkihaley handle, the rising Republican star posts pictures of her dearest friends and showers love on her dog, Bentley. But she also denounces Russian actions in...

U.S. cyber warriors are getting better at fighting ISIS online, says top general

The U.S. military has gotten better at countering ISIS’ digital operations over the last six months, according to Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, commanding general of Army Cyber Command.

“I think what we are learning is in terms of being able to counter a message, being able to attack a brand — in this case the brand of ISIS — and then, the other thing is, how do we do this with the speed and accuracy that is able to get at an adversary that six months ago was moving uncontested in cyberspace,” Nakasone said during a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing. “I think we’ve learned those things over the last six months. I think we as a department have done much better.”

ISIS shares propaganda, communicates with allies and spreads other messaging via the internet. In the past, the group’s successful use of social media has been linked to terrorist attacks in the U.S., including the shootings in San Bernardino, California and Orlando, Florida.

Nakasone’s comments come just three w..

Russia explains Twitter diplomacy

What is digital diplomacy according to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Foreign Ministry? “We are not participating in ‘Twitter-diplomacy’,” Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on April 11 in response to a tweet posted by US President Donald Trump. Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin, addressing newly accredited ambassadors, didn’t mentioned...

Trump’s Twitter “Diplomacy” Is Making A Mess Again

President Trump’s tweeting about his possible response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria continues to sow confusion and cause problems for those under him, while simultaneously undercutting the potential effectiveness of any strike he may eventually decide on: WASHINGTON — President Trump said in a tweet early Thursday that he had never telegraphed the timing...

Digital technology and the changing face of diplomacy

iplomacy has traditionally had two distinct faces, public and private, each with its own intended purpose. But those lines have been blurred. Changes in the nature of world politics, due to globalization, new digital communication technologies and democratization (and the rise of populism), have shrunk the distance between countries, and between leaders and their populations, and...