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Jun 12

Real-Time Diplomacy: Politics and Power in the Social Media Era

The 2011 uprisings in the Middle East proved that democracy retains its appeal, even to people who have long lived without it. They also illustrated how, in a high-speed, media-centric world, conventional diplomacy has become an anachronism. Not only do events move quickly, but so too does public reaction to those events. The cushion of time that enabled policymakers to judiciously gather information and weigh alternatives is gone. In Real-Time Diplomacy, Philip Seib analyzes the essential, but often unhappy, marriage between diplomacy and new media, evaluating media's reach and influence, and determining how policy makers might take advantage of media's real-time capabilities rather than being driven by them.

Philip Seib is a Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy and a Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of USC's Center on Public Diplomacy. He is also Editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication and Co-editor of the journal, Media, War and Conflict. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Headline Diplomacy, The Global Journalist, Beyond the Front Lines, The Al Jazeera Effect, and Toward a New Public Diplomacy.

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Philip Seib

With Commentaries from
The Honorable Mike Hammer
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

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Helle C. Dale Helle C. Dale

Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy Read More