From the era of print newspapers to the digital age, communications have changed dramatically. With each advance, U.S. secretaries of state must adapt to communicate their foreign-policy decisions to the American people and to people in other countries.
In recent years, technology has advanced at a dizzying pace, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has embraced 21st-century social media tools. In 2019, under Pompeo’s leadership, the State Department merged two bureaus to more effectively engage with domestic and foreign audiences.
Here are a few highlights that show how several secretaries have initiated the use of new communications methods: