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Global Twitter Q&A with Under Secretary Tara Sonenshine

On December 5, 2012, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine answered questions on Twitter in eight languages using the hashtag #AskState. Responses were simultaneously given in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.


  1. Under Secretary Sonenshine Participates in a Global Twitter Q&A
    Under Secretary Sonenshine Participates in a Global Twitter Q&A
  2. Individuals from around the world submitted questions on a range of policy issues. As Under Secretary Sonenshine answered their questions, translators entered her responses into the eight  different languages.
  3. Many people asked Under Secretary Sonenshine about events unfolding in Egypt and the Middle East.
  4. Several of the initial queries led to broader discussions, such as this conversation between Under Secretary Sonenshine and NPR's Andy Carvin.
  5. And, almost all geographic areas were covered during the Q&A session.
  6. Under Secretary Sonenshine also answered numerous questions about international education, study abroad, and exchange programs for both U.S. and foreign students.
  7. The Twitter Q&A provided a great opportunity to connect with an audience engaged in foreign affairs. Stay tuned to @StateDept for announcements on similar events in the future.