Late-Breaking Foreign Policy: The News Media's Influence on Peace Operations / Edition 1

Late-Breaking Foreign Policy: The News Media's Influence on Peace Operations / Edition 1

by Warren P. Strobel
     
 

The influence of the media--particularly the "CNN effect"--has dramatically changed the way foreign-policy decisions are made. But there have been few in-depth studies of how televised news reports and newspaper accounts of humanitarian tragedies abroad affect the decision to deploy U.S. forces.

This insightful book by a working journalist examines the media's

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Overview

The influence of the media--particularly the "CNN effect"--has dramatically changed the way foreign-policy decisions are made. But there have been few in-depth studies of how televised news reports and newspaper accounts of humanitarian tragedies abroad affect the decision to deploy U.S. forces.

This insightful book by a working journalist examines the media's influence on the deployment--or withdrawal--of U.S. peacekeeping troops to avert humanitarian disasters the world over.

Drawing on interviews with senior U.S. national security officials and the journalists who covered the humanitarian-relief operations in Bosnia, Rwanda, Somalia, Haiti, and northern Iraq, Strobel provides riveting behind-the-scenes accounts of recent peace operations. He describes the conditions in which the media has the greatest, and the least, influence, and offers recommendations to civilian and military leaders on building and maintaining public support in an age of intense media scrutiny.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781878379672
Publisher:
United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Warren P. Strobel is White House correspondent (and was formerly State Department correspondent) for the Washington Times and is the author of articles in American Journalism Review and the Christian Science Monitor. He was a fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 1994-95.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Fighting the Last War: A Brief History of Government, the Military, and the News Media19
2Driving Fast without a Road Map: The News Media and Foreign Policy Today57
3Reporting the New Story: The News Media and Peace Operations91
4The Push: The News Media and Intervention127
5The Pull: Public Opinion and Peace Operations165
6Assessing the Gap: Conclusions and Recommendations211
Notes235
Index265

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