Fighting ISIL on Social Media

Public Diplomacy in the Digital Age

State Department Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel joins New America President and CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter to talk about the challenges of statecraft in the age of social media. Under Secretary Stengel will explore and debunk common misconceptions about ISIL’S social media prowess – and how the US and its partners are working to break ISIL’s brand. The Under Secretary will also discuss current US efforts to counter disinformation globally and support independent media and free expression. Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and an enthusiastic member of the Twittersphere, will talk with Stengel about how the State Department is responding to these challenges, what it's doing well and what it could do better.

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Richard Stengel
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter
President and CEO, New America
Author, Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family