“In the twenty-first century, the United States’ exceptional capacity for connection, rather than splendid isolation or hegemonic domination, will renew its power and restore its global purpose.”

This excerpt is from the Foreign Affair article America’s Edge, which has been called the “intellectual foundation” for the State Department’s 21st Century Statecraft. The piece, held by many at the State Department as its guiding philosophy, is even given to all new United States Ambassadors. However, it is important to understand how the rhetoric of 21st Century Statecraft is actually being implemented and achieved through the use of social media, “TechDels” and mobile phones.