Does public opinion matter in international conflict resolution? Does national foreign policy remain independent of public opinion and the media? International Public Opinion and the Bosnia Crisis examines, through U.S., Canadian, and European case studies, how public reaction impacted democratic governments' response to the ethnic and religious conflict in Bosnia during the period from 1991-1997. Each case study offers an overview of the national media coverage and public reaction to the war in the former Yugoslavia and examines the links between public opinion and political and military intervention in Bosnia. The result is a comprehensive evaluation of the complex relationship between public opinion, media coverage, and foreign policy decision-making.
Eric Shiraev is a research associate at The George Washington University's Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. He is the editor of a number of books including Fears in Post-Communist Societies (with V. Shlapentokh, 2002). Richard Sobel is a senior research associate in Harvard University's Program in Psychiatry and the Law. He is the author and editor of a number of books including The Impact of Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy Since Vietnam: Constraining the Collossus (2001).
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 "In the Service of Peace": Reflexive Multilateralism and the Canadian Experience in Bosnia Chapter 3 British Attitudes toward the Bosnian Situation Chapter 4 U.S. Public Opinion on Intervention in Bosnia Chapter 5 Raison d'etat or Raison populaire? The Influence of Public Opinion on France's Bosnia Policy Chapter 6 Russian Decision-making Regarding Bosnia: Indifferent Public and Feuding Elites Chapter 7 Massacring in Front of a Blind Audience? Italian Public Opinion and Bosnia Chapter 8 Innocence Lost: The Netherlands and the Yugoslav Crisis Chapter 9 German Public Opinion and the Crisis in Bosnia Part 10 Public Opinion and the Bosnia Crisis: A Conclusion