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

Walter C. Soderlund, E. Donald Briggs, Tom Pierre Najem, Blake C. Roberts

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Africa’s Deadliest Conflict deals with the complex intersection of the legacy of post-colonial history—a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions—and changing norms of international intervention associated with the idea of human security and the responsibility to protect (R2P). It attempts to explain why, despite a softening of norms related to the sanctity of state sovereignty, the international community dealt so ineffectively with a brutal conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which between 1997 and 2011 claimed an estimated 5.5 million. In particular, the book focuses on the role of mass media in creating a will to intervene, a role considered by many to be the key to prodding a reluctant international community to action. Included in the book are a primer on Congolese history, a review of United Nations peacekeeping missions in the Congo, and a detailed examination of both US television news and New York Times coverage of the Congo from 1997 through 2008. Separate conclusions are offered with respect to peacekeeping in the Age of R2P and on the role of mass media in both promoting and inhibiting robust international responses to large-scale humanitarian crises.

Editeur

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Langue

Anglais

Pages

286

Taille

1000 KB

Date de parution

03/09/2013

EAN

9781554588794

Catégories

Sociologie, Sciences humaines