February 26, 2013

This May Be the First Instagram Image from North Korea


The Associated Press's Jean Lee has taken what is believed to be the first Instagram photo from inside North Korea. The country's telecom operator Koryolink recently allowed foreigners to access mobile data services.

According to Jon Russell, North Korea has recently relaxed some rules regarding foreigners and technology following a visit from Google's Chairmen Eric Schmidt.

(Photo: Jean Lee/Jon Russell)

January 26, 2011

Social Media in the Egypt Protests

Luke Allnut examines its impact.

September 13, 2010

RealClearWorld Is Hiring

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Zakaria: Stay the Course

Fareed Zakaria makes the case for slowing the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq:

August 20, 2010

The World's Worst Internet Censor

Which country is among the Web's most prolific censors? The answer may surprise you.

[Hat tip: Joshua Kurlantzick]

July 27, 2010

WikiLeaks and the COIN Consensus

Andrew Exum, writing in the pages of today's New York Times, shrugs at the WikiLeaks brouhaha:

ANYONE who has spent the past two days reading through the 92,000 military field reports and other documents made public by the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks may be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about. I’m a researcher who studies Afghanistan and have no regular access to classified information, yet I have seen nothing in the documents that has either surprised me or told me anything of significance. I suspect that’s the case even for someone who reads only a third of the articles on Afghanistan in his local newspaper. [Emphasis added - KS]

But is this really the case? "Move along, nothing to see here" certainly appears to be the consensus from the media and the policy community, but this is an incredibly small (albeit vocal) sample size of Americans. Broader survey data paints a slightly different picture of the American public's war understanding - one which is more confused, critical and mixed about the U.S. mission and prospects in Afghanistan.

I agree with Exum that much of the information revealed in the leaks was common knowledge to the commentariat and the think tankers, but I wonder if the same can be said so unequivocally of the greater public. Would support for the war radically change if, for instance, the American public better understood the Pakistani intelligence community's relationship with a co-conspirator in the 9/11 attacks? What about that aid package Washington just handed to Islamabad?

Exum would have us all believe that the WikiLeaks disclosures are both ho-hum and irresponsible journalism. Both may be true, but if there's been any kind of journalistic failure here it began not with WikiLeaks, but with the pundits and policy makers who have failed to enhance public understanding of the war. There was no need for such debate and education however, because a bipartisan consensus had already congealed around a counterinsurgency strategy.

Exum accuses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of being an activist with an agenda, which is no doubt true. But is Assange really the only one with an agenda here, or does his agenda simply not sit well will the COINdinistas?

June 17, 2010

Comments, Ctd.

If you're experiencing any problems with the new comments feature, please let me know. Thanks!

June 16, 2010


So, I have some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: if you left a comment on a blog post yesterday you may have already noticed that it is gone. Please accept our apology for this.

Now, the good news: the reason your comment may have disappeared is because we are rolling out a cool new commenting feature across the entire website. This means if you want to comment on a post, or 'like' another comment here on The Compass, you can now do that. If you want to give us your feedback on an article or a video, you can also do that. Have something to say about one of our Global Top 5s lists? You'll (soon, stay tuned) be able to comment on them, too.

There's a one-time registration, which takes seconds to complete, and then you can leave your comments on not just RCW, but all of the RealClear sites; this includes RealClearPolitics, RealClearMarkets and RealClearSports. The comments section is always at the bottom of each article, video, blog post or list.

We always welcome your feedback, so please email us with your questions and concerns. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience as we make this change. And, as always, thanks for reading!

April 22, 2010

Google's Government Requests

Google has just released a new tool that reveals which governments have requested that Google remove content from its search engine or videos from YouTube. Topping the list: Brazil followed by Germany, India, the U.S. and South Korea. Unfortunately, the number of requests issued by China is considered a "state secret" and was not made public.

March 16, 2010

Glassman and Pape at New America

There are two great events happening today at the New America Foundation, and we have 'em both live right here at RealClearWorld.

The first event, starting at 12:15 pm EST, will be a discussion with former Undersecretary of State James Glassman on "the role strategic communications can play in helping the United States in Iran."

The second event, set to kick off at 3:30 pm EST, will be a discussion with Professor Robert Pape on the rise of suicide terrorism in Afghanistan.

Steve Clemons will be moderating the day's events, and you can watch them both at either The Washington Note or right here on The Compass following the jump:

Continue reading "Glassman and Pape at New America" »

January 26, 2010

Tweeting Obama's SOTU

In addition to live blogging tomorrow night's State of the Union Address, the RCW editors will also be tweeting the evening's events alongside our blog. You can follow Greg Scoblete and yours truly on Twitter throughout the night for our pithy thoughts and 140-character conjecture.

You can also follow the best and brightest journalists, analysts and orgs from all over the foreign policy Twitterverse on RealClearWorld's Twitter hub page.

January 19, 2010

Track the Twittersphere


RealClearWorld is excited to unveil a new, uh, New Media tool for our readers. Just like our colleagues over at Politics, RCW has launched its own Real Clear World Twitter page that aggregates and organizes all of the best and breaking tweets from around the foreign policy Twittersphere.

So whether you're a Twitter vet or newbie, check out RCW's new Twitter feature and keep up to date on all of your favorite wonks, writers and journalists.

And if you think we're missing any good Twitter accounts, please shoot us a line and offer your recommendations and feedback (shameless self-promotion is fine).

UPDATE: Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments, too.