Update your RSS feeds, there's a major new blog on the scene that is worth reading. Framing Conflict was launched a few months back, with a focus on the media's role in shaping international conflict. The blog is authored by my brother Erik, who is finishing up his doctoral work in political communication at Cornell University. His dissertation examines Anti-Americanism abroad and Islamophobia in the U.S, topics he tracks at Framing Conflict.

Here are just a few highlights from recent posts:

Can hip-hop be used as a tool for cultural diplomacy?

Obama bin laden: Will Islamo-phobia be a major theme of the 2008 election?

Can a reality TV show about Arabs on a road trip through the U.S. help soften anti-Americanism in the Middle East?

Can public diplomacy learn something from cutting edge branding campaigns in the corporate world?

PS: I also need to mention the blog run by my younger brother Andrew. As I noted a few months back, over at Dreams of Steel, he authors an innovative blog on fly fishing, hunting, and resources management. It's definitely worth checking out.