This book focuses on the social process of conflict news production and the emergence of public discourse on war and armed conflict. Its contributions combine qualitative and quantitative approaches through interview studies and computer-assisted content analysis and apply a unique comparative and holistic approach over time, across different cycles of six conflicts in three regions of the world, and across different types of domestic, international and transnational media. In so doing, it explores the roles of public communication through traditional media, social media, strategic communication, and public relations in informing and involving national and international actors in conflict prevention, resolution and peace-keeping. It provides a key point of reference for creative, innovative, and state-of-the-art empirical research on media and armed conflict.

part I|2 pages

Comparative, Diachronic and Holistic

chapter |20 pages


Media’s Role in the Creation of Knowledge and Images of Wars: More Relevant and More Complicated Than Ever

chapter 1|26 pages

Dissecting Media Roles in Conflict

A Transactionist Process Model of Conflict News Production, Dissemination and Influence

part II|2 pages

The Dynamics of Public Discourse(s) on Wars and Armed Conflicts

chapter 3|35 pages

The Dynamics of Strategic Communication Over Time

Patterns of Persuasive Communication and Its Relevance for the Construction of Discourse on War and Conflict

chapter 4|25 pages

The Dynamics of Parliamentary Debates on War and Conflict

Assessing the Impact and Role of the Media on the Political Agenda

chapter 5|30 pages


The Case of the Colourful Revolution in Macedonia

part III|2 pages

The Dynamics of Conflict News Production as a Social Process

chapter 6|22 pages

Journalism of War and Conflict

Generic and Conflict-Related Influences on News Production

chapter 7|27 pages

The Enduring Value of Reliable Facts

Why NGOs Have Become More Influential in Conflict Discourse

chapter 9|28 pages

A Game of Frames in Conflict Transformation

Mapping the Media-Active Publics’ Nexus of Competing Conflict Frames

chapter 10|14 pages

Balancing Plausible Lies and False Truths

Perception and Evaluation of the Local and Global News Coverage of Conflicts in the DRC

part IV|2 pages

Recapitulation, Consolidation, Implication

chapter 11|23 pages

The Integration of Findings

Consequences of Empirical Results for the Advancement of Theory Building

chapter |4 pages


Edited ByPhilip Seib