DipNote Turns Two Today

Posted by Luke Forgerson
September 26, 2009
Harry S Truman Building

About the Author: Luke Forgerson serves as DipNote’s Managing Editor.

In the midst of the Pittsburgh Summit and the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, I almost forgot: DipNote turns two today. It seems appropriate that two days before DipNote’s second anniversary, we passed eight million page views. So, this occasion is as much about you, our readers, as it is about DipNote.

As I reflect on the last two years, one of the things that I am most pleased about is the dedicated community that is developing around the blog. I am encouraged when I see readers contribute regularly to the dialogue and am impressed by their level of engagement in foreign affairs.

The DipNote community also helps us apply lessons learned when branching out to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and other platforms. I invite DipNote readers to join these communities, and check out DipNote for the iPhone and Blackberry.

I’m also proud of the stories of American diplomats, such as Aaron Snipe in Iraq and Thomas Weinz in the Pacific, that we’ve been able to share. And it is an honor to help our colleagues communicate about the critical issues on which they are working, whether advancing global food security or combating trafficking in persons.

Secretary Clinton stated, “Today’s 21st century statecraft is bringing together technology and the talents of our citizens to influence events in ways that previous generations could never have imagined.” I’m glad DipNote is playing an important role in these efforts.

All of us at DipNote – Jeff Jackson, Tamika Johnson, Eric Jones and Daniel Schaub – would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our readers and contributors. We look forward to continuing the conversation in the years ahead.



September 26, 2009

Sarder in Bangladesh writes:

I am a citizen of Bangladesh. I want to draw the attention of US Government to apply influence over Bangladesh government to control its population. I am surprised to see that USA is not doing anything very active that can contorl the population of poor countries. But it is only USA which can do something to control the over population in the poor countries as it has a great influence over these countries. As you know Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world having more than 150 millions of people in only 143000 Square kilometers area. Most of its population are illiterate and superstitious. Due to the shortage of resource Bangladesh government cant do anything for this people like it cant arrange proper education or supporting with jobs etc and so this over crowded population is a great burden for the whole country. But main problem is different like a lot of people from this country want to go to other country each year either legally or ilegally, and as they are mostly muslim people having fundamentalist mentality so they are not the real resource of any country where they can enter, rather they try to help the islamic fundamentalism throughout the world which is a great threat for the modern civilization. To protect it , i think US government can do something like it can enforce its influence over Bangladesh to control its population any how, otherwise Bangladesh will become another Afghanistan or Pakistan soo. So as a part of its policy Fight against Terrorism, USA should invest something in the field of over population in the country like Bangladesh where most people are really fundamentalist in mentality. I hope US government will think about it seriously. And the same they can do in Pakistan , Afghanistan etc countries where over crowded population is a real problem.

New Hampshire, USA
September 26, 2009

Jack in New Hampshire writes:

Luke and friends,

Best wishes on DipNote's second birthday. Thanks so much for your continuing efforts. I've really enjoyed reading the many things happening around the world. I was talking to a friend about DipNote recently and she and I agreed on why DipNote has become such a valuable voice in blogging: you not only allow dialogue (reader commentary) on issues, you also encourage it. By asking the big-picture questions and soliciting reader feedback, you are allowing folks to post comments that are not necessarily always in agreement with U.S. policy. That gives DipNote credibility as a platform for real discussion of international issues.

Keep up the good work.

Best regards,


DipNote Blogger Luke Forgerson writes:

@ Jack in New Hampshire -- Thank you for your kind words and feedback. We are seeking to create a conversation, and we are glad you are a part of it.

New York, USA
September 30, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Happy Birthday DIPNOTERS:

Best wishes as we enter the "Wonderful Two's"

Upcoming Issues for State and the World:

How to End Corruption: the driving force behind many of our global crises.

Recrafting Bretton Woods and the IFI's: Moving the Planet beyond Currencies.

Evolving beyond Borders and Passports: Acheiving Economic and Political Security.

Revisiting the Post-Cold-War: Taking Care of Unfinished Business.

Rethinking the Global War-on-Drugs: Are we holding ourselves hostage to anachronistic policies?

DipNote Blogger Luke Forgerson writes:

@ Ron in New York -- Thanks for your good wishes! We really appreciate your contributions to the conversation on DipNote.

Florida, USA
September 30, 2009

Susan in Florida writes:

To all the DipNote staff: Your hard work and dedication is evident. As a regular reader of dipnote, let me say that you just keep getting better!! You have given us, the public, an inside view of our government at work, and you have invited us to express our thoughts and opinions regardless if we agree or disagree with you! Thank you. And congratulations on your second anniversary. I will continue to read, and post, as long as you are here, and encouraging us to "continue the conversation". Looking forward to this "new year".

DipNote Blogger Luke Forgerson writes:

@ Susan in Florida -- Thank you for your very kind message! We are so glad that you are among our readers!

California, USA
September 30, 2009

Normita in California writes:

Congratulations on the second anniversary of DipNote. From the first time I received the DipNote, I became so engaged in learning more about the issues in the different countries you cover in your travelogue. Your stories and photos are beautiful and heartwarming.

Thank you so much for bringing them close to us - the images of people, their challenges and their successes. God bless.

DipNote Blogger Luke Forgerson writes:

@ Normita in California -- Thank you so much for your very encouraging message! It is rewarding to hear how you have become engaged in learning more about issues through DipNote. Thank you so much for letting us know!

Virginia, USA
September 30, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:


I think we all appreciate the staff at the State Department, we try to offer our opinions or facts, sometimes even religous overtones to make people think.

Godbless and of course keep Dipnoting!!!

DipNote Blogger Luke Forgerson writes:

@ Donald in Virginia -- Thanks for your kind wishes and encouragement! We really appreciate your contributions, and hope to continue to see you on DipNote!

District Of Columbia, USA
September 30, 2009

Paula in Washington, DC writes:

Congratulations on the second anniversary of DipNote!

DipNote Blogger Luke Forgerson writes:

Thank you, Paula!

South Dakota, USA
September 30, 2009

Heather in South Dakota writes:

Happy Birthday DipNote! I'm so sorry I'm not there to make you all a cake or at least bring Dunkin' Donuts. Keep up the wonderful work. :) I'm rooting for you!

DipNote Blogger Luke Forgerson writes:

@ Heather in South Dakota -- Thanks for your message! The entire DipNote team sends our best to you!

United States
September 29, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

I am less than thrilled about this blog because a high percentage of my posts (20% or more) disappear without publication, possibly because they are adverse to the groupthink of the administration, challenge official statements, offer an unpleasant point of view, or ridicule illogical aspects of official policy.

Another reason is that it seems that many posts are obviously from members of the CFR, a Rockefeller group about which nothing good can be said beyond the possibility that it provides them limited employment.

For example, a recent post that never appeared had highlighted Mr. Obama's trip to Denmark to lobby for the next Olympics, while the commanding general in Afghanistan hasn't met with him for the past 70 days, raising the question of whether Chicago's bid for the Olympics is more important than ending the war in Afghanistan.

So it is nice to see an occasional rant make it into this blog but it doesn't happen often enough. Where are all the whistleblowers? We are blowing $2 trillion dollars on foreign wars, and nobody has a complaint about our "foreign policy"?

Come on, get real.

New Mexico, USA
October 6, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Time flies when you're having fun. Happy B-day to the Dipnote crew!

Personally, I'm waiting for "Dipnote-the Movie" to be released...(chuckle).

"Dipnote... the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of an interactive government. Its ongoing mission: to explore strange new public diplomacy; to seek out new perspectives and viable solutions to intractable problems in the world; to boldly go where no blog has gone before."

Never mind the Klingons.

DipNote Blogger Luke Forgerson writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico -- Your comment did make me chuckle. We really appreciate your kind wishes. Thank you for being a part of the voyage and always encouraging us to "go where no blog has gone before."

skin c.
October 10, 2009

S.C. writes:

Happy Birthday. I love the concept of an alternative to the increasingly partisan mainstream media.


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