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  • Key Political Appointments Remain Unfilled at the State Department

    Despite John Kerry being confirmed as the Secretary of State for President Obama’s second term two months ago, numerous senior State Department positions remain unfilled with no plans to fill them in sight. Instead, the White House process for political appointees is moving as “slowly as molasses,” according to State … More

    North Korean Propaganda Distracts from the “Hermit Kingdom’s” Real Problems

    A purported new North Korean propaganda video asserts Americans live in tents, make coffee from snow, and live off birds. At least that is what its English voiceover portrays. News sites rapidly reposted the video, including Wired’s Danger Room, Slate, the Telegraph, Daily Mail, and the Atlantic. Even The Washington … More

    Argo Oscar Win Infuriates Iran, but the Iranian People Think Otherwise

    Sunday night, Argo—the Ben Affleck film portraying the rescue of U.S. Embassy staffers from Iran—won best picture at the Oscars. Iran may have boycotted this years’ Academy Awards by pulling its film submission, but it certainly didn’t ignore Argo’s Oscar win. The biggest winner may have been U.S. public diplomacy … More

    Revolutions, Terrorists, and Tweets: Social Media and the Arab Spring

    The Heritage Foundation will be holding a public event on February 13 to discuss the role of social media in the Arab Spring with experts from Heritage, Freedom House, and the Department of State. Social media showed its political potential during the Arab Spring, allowing “crowdsourcing” and the coordination of … More