Humanitarian Crises and Intervention: Reassessing the Impact of Mass Media

Humanitarian Crises and Intervention: Reassessing the Impact of Mass Media

By: Walter C. Soderlund (author), Kai Hilldebrandt (author), E. Donald Briggs (author), Abdel Salam Sidahmed (author)Paperback

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As the Cold War began to wind down in the early '90s, former colonies were besieged by a string of humanitarian crises that killed millions of people and forced many millions more to leave their homes and livelihoods. A cruel paradox was revealed: just as the concept of 'Responsibility to Protect' human rights was challenging the principle of 'State Sovereignty', no state with the capacity to do so was actually willing to intervene in a crisis based solely on humanitarian grounds.This book takes a unique and comprehensive look at how the international community, led by the US, responded to ten humanitarian crises of the last decade and how major media outlets played a role in influencing (or failing to influence) action. Crises examined include Liberia, East Timor, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Angola, Haiti, and the Congo. Soderlund and Briggs apply the same analytic method to each case to discover why the international community was unwilling, time and time again, to address this new brand of conflict that appeared at the time.

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E. Donald Briggs (Ph.D., University of London, 1961) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Windsor where he taught international relations and African politics from 1963 until his retirement in 1999. Walter C. Soderlund (Ph.D., University of Michigan 1970) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. He is the author of Media Definitions of Cold War Reality and Mass Media and Foreign Policy, as well as the co-editor of Television Advertising in Canadian Elections, Profiles of Canada, and Canadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence. Kai Hildebrandt (Ph.D., University of Michigan 1990) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Windsor. He co-authored Germany in Transition (1981) and co-edited Television Advertising in Canadian Elections (1999). Abdel Salam Sidahmed (Ph.D., Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 1991) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor. From 1995 to 2005 he held a number of positions at the International Secretariat, Amnesty International, London, including the post of Director of the Middle East Program. His authored and co-authored publications include: Sudan (2005 -in the Routledge Curzon contemporary Middle East Series) Politics and Islam in Contemporary Sudan (1997) and Islamic Fundamentalism (1996 -nominated for the 1998 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order).


1) Introduction: The Problem and Research Methods; 2) Liberia, 1990: ECOMOG I -"Operation Liberty," UMOMIL; 3) Somalia, 1992: UNOSOM I, UNITAF -"Operation Restore Hope," UNOSOM II; 4) Sudan, 1992: Humanitarian Relief Efforts Confront an Intractable Civil War; 5) Rwanda, 1994: UNAMIR I, UNAMIR II, and "Operation Turquoise"; 6) Haiti, 1994: "Operation Restore (Uphold) Democracy," UNMIH; 7) Burundi, 1996: United Nations and African Intervention Initiatives Falter; 8) Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) 1996: "Operation Assurance" -The Intervention that Never Was; 9) Sierra Leone, 1997: ECOMOG II, UNOMSIL, UNAMSIL; 10) Angola, 1999: 1000 UN Observers Removed- 30 UN Observers Returned; 11) East Timor (Timor-Leste) 1999: INTERFET -"Operation Warden"; 12) Conclusion: Assessing the Comparative Impact of Mass Media on Intervention Decision-making.

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  • publication date: 15/11/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781565492615
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 356
  • ID: 9781565492615
  • weight: 476
  • ISBN10: 1565492617

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