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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Media War: A Comparative Analysis of Foreign Policy Advocacy in International Media

In this paper, we present evidence for the hypotheses that international (non-American) media framed the issues of war and foreign policy objectives in their coverage of the Iraq War by advocating a less aggressive, more internationalist, and more diplomatic foreign policy approach than US media, and that these distinctions represent the widening gap between the United States and Europe on issues of geopolitics and global cooperation. Using a content analysis of news about Iraq in leading news magazines from the US, Canada, France, UK, Germany and India over a one year period from September 2002 to September 2003, the paper discusses some central frames in that coverage. The frames to be examined include an Internationalist-Isolationist Frame (coded by references to international treaties, law, and organizations related to security issues), and a Military-Diplomacy Frame, (coded by references to military sources versus non-military sources).

Presenters: Cynthia Boaz (Faculty)
Nicole Giancursio (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Political Science
Location: 106A Edwards
Time: 11 am (Session II)

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