John Kerry watched a soldier hoist the American flag over the United States Embassy in Havana on Friday morning. He’s the first secretary of state to visit the land of Castro, communism, and cigars in 70 years. The embassy itself, an acclaimed example of midcentury modern architecture, has been rotting for just as…
The background: China’s president Xi Jinping was visiting Pakistan so Pakistan sent eight JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to escort China’s presidential plane when it entered Pakistani air space in a nice diplomatic gesture. The cool: I just like seeing small little fighter jets trailing a big jet in a flying-V pattern.
Hillary Clinton's burgeoning presidential campaign is off to a rocky good start. Just a day after papers reported that the former Secretary of State would make a bid for the nation's highest office in April, The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton used only her personal email address while serving as Secretary…
Over the last 15 years, every embassy that the U.S. has built around the world looks like a fortress—an eyesore in cities and a not-so-friendly message to foreigners. So, architects who are building our new London embassy hope to prove that aesthetics and security can co-exist. It's an idea that's sparked some…
The recent dustup over the NSA maybe monitoring German chancellor Angela Merkel's phone looks like peanuts compared to the latest Snowden-fueled revelation. It turns out, the agency has actually been spying on 35 world leaders—three five!—and encouraging other departments to shovel more contact information their way.
We're a little late to this party, but it's too fun not to share. Last week, a group of Brazilian hackers decided to get the NSA back for all its spying with a big huge cyberattack. And hack they did! The only problem is that they mixed up their acronyms, and hit NASA instead.
So China — as in, the People’s Republic of — is really into the Little Mermaid, and not that saccharine Disney cartoon we feed our tumescent American children. The Hans Christian Andersen fairytale is apparently a huge deal in China, so much so that Denmark has been able to establish a strong diplomatic relationship…
When an international incident occurs—say, a nuclear meltdown in Japan, revolution in Egypt, a SEAL raid in Pakistan, or something along those lines—the State Department knows every detail possible. How? A buzzing room of plugged-in, insomniac brains.
It seems too cruel to believe we're the only technologically advanced species in the cosmos. We couldn't possibly be the only ones, with so many stars and so many habitable planets out there.
Today's not a good morning to wake up as an American diplomat. The weekend's WikiLeaks disclosure of covert communications has revealed some strange tech plots surrounding world figures—Bluetooth bugs implanted in prisoners. DNA gathering. UN stalking. Weird stuff.
Fresh after a midterm thrashing, Obama perhaps thought this weekend's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Japan might be a needed respite. Instead, he was greeted by a bunch of uncomfortable robots. Shrieking robo-seals! A creepy fembot! Some strange pod car!
With more Twitter followers than any governmental employee besides Barack Obama and John McCain, Jared Cohen and Alec Ross are the U.S. government's internet gurus. And their boss, Hillary Clinton, has charged them to teach digital diplomacy to the world.
Michael Dell thought he was extending the olive branch to Russian prime minister Vladamir Putin when he offered IT help. Putin didn't take too kindly to the offer, to say the least.