Africa's Deadliest Conflict: Media Coverage of the Humanitarian Disaster in the Congo and the United Nations Response, 1997-2008

Africa's Deadliest Conflict: Media Coverage of the Humanitarian Disaster in the Congo and the United Nations Response, 1997-2008

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ISBN-13: 9781554588350
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Series: Studies in International Governance Series
Pages: 275
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Walter C. Soderlund is a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. His books include Africa’s Deadliest Conflict, The Independence of South Sudan, and The Responsibility to Protect in Darfur.


E. Donald Briggs is a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor, where he taught full-time for nearly forty years.


Tom Pierre Najem researches in the areas of international relations and comparative politics, with a regional specialization in the Middle East. He has lived and worked in the Middle East and North Africa and has held academic posts in Morocco and England.


Blake C. Roberts is the interim academic advisor of the University of Windsor’s Digital-Journalism program and a sessional instructor and research associate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Maps vii

Acknowledgements ix

The Authors xi

Introduction xv

1 The Congo: Understanding the Conflict 1

2 The UN Response: From ONUC to MONUSCO 19

3 Mass Media, Public Awareness, and Television News Coverage of the Congo 41

4 New York Times Framing of the Second Congo War 65

5 New York Times Framing of the Third Congo War 91

6 Media Coverage of the Congo Wars: An Overall Assessment 121

7 Peacekeeping in the Age of R2P 141

Conclusion: The Impact of Mass Media on "The Will to Intervene" 159

Postscript: An Update on Events 165

Appendix: Descriptive Language 171

Notes 179

References 195

Index 227

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