About the Author: Luke Forgerson serves as DipNote's Managing Editor.
Last week, we revealed DipNote’s most popular entries in 2008. After tallying the results, I can’t say that I disagree much with our readers. They indeed identified some of DipNote’s memorable entries from last year. As I reviewed a year’s worth of blog entries, though, I realized there were several other entries from last year I wanted to highlight.
Some of the entries just missed being mentioned last week, including Jun Bando’s entry on piracy off the Somali coast. It was the sixth most popular individual entry last year. USAID Administrator Henrietta Fore’s entry on Kosovo and Maria Gabriella Zambrono’s entry on Cuba were also among the most popular entries last year.
Assistant Secretaries David Kramer and Samuel Witten brought to our attention the issue of statelessness. Ambassador James McGee communicated to us the dire political and humanitarian conditions in Zimbabwe.
Brian Van Pay’s entries allowed us to join him aboard the Healy on the Arctic Ocean, a place most of us will most likely never visit. Department Spokesman Sean McCormack took us to other places we likely will not visit. His entries from Tripoli and Rabat gave us a glimpse of Secretary Rice’s meeting with Colonel Qadhifi.
Last year has already been described as historic, not in the least because of the U.S. presidential election. Many around the world watched the U.S. presidential election with great interest. On Election Day, Thomas J. Dowling at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi wrote about the reaction from Kenya.
Collectively, these entries illustrate the broad scope of American diplomacy. These entries also reveal much about you, our readers. Your comments on the entries have grown to become one of my favorite components of the blog. I enjoy reading your insights and opinions and am always eager to see the reactions to a posting. Let us know what entries you personally found most memorable last year, and what you’d like to see more of on the blog as we look toward the year ahead.
On behalf of everyone at DipNote, thanks for reading, and we wish you the best in 2009.