ISIS’s savvy social media outreach has long been a staple of it’s [sic -- JB] campaign for new recruits: young women from London and even the Pacific Northwest have been approached about joining the terrorist organization through Twitter.
(For an overview of how ISIS uses Twitter, this Reply All episode with New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi, should be required listening.)
Last week Twitter announced it has suspended over 125,000 ISIS related accounts, and this week, statements from the State Department surfaced that ISIS’s reign of social media terror may be at an end. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel served a harsh burn for the terrorist organization: “Kim Kardashian is retweeted more in three days than ISIL has done on social media since they were created.”
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."