Debating War and Peace

  • Filename: debating-war-and-peace.
  • ISBN: 1400823323
  • Release Date: 1999-07-01
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Author: Jonathan Mermin
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press



The First Amendment ideal of an independent press allows American journalists to present critical perspectives on government policies and actions; but are the media independent of government in practice? Here Jonathan Mermin demonstrates that when it comes to military intervention, journalists over the past two decades have let the government itself set the terms and boundaries of foreign policy debate in the news. Analyzing newspaper and television reporting of U.S. intervention in Grenada and Panama, the bombing of Libya, the Gulf War, and U.S. actions in Somalia and Haiti, he shows that if there is no debate over U.S. policy in Washington, there is no debate in the news. Journalists often criticize the execution of U.S. policy, but fail to offer critical analysis of the policy itself if actors inside the government have not challenged it. Mermin ultimately offers concrete evidence of outside-Washington perspectives that could have been reported in specific cases, and explains how the press could increase its independence of Washington in reporting foreign policy news. The author constructs a new framework for thinking about press-government relations, based on the observation that bipartisan support for U.S. intervention is often best interpreted as a political phenomenon, not as evidence of the wisdom of U.S. policy. Journalists should remember that domestic political factors often influence foreign policy debate. The media, Mermin argues, should not see a Washington consensus as justification for downplaying critical perspectives.

Debating War

  • Filename: debating-war.
  • ISBN: 9781317401995
  • Release Date: 2015-08-14
  • Number of pages: 242
  • Author: David J. Lorenzo
  • Publisher: Routledge



What arguments have critics of American wars and interventions put forward, and what arguments do they currently employ? Thomas Jefferson, Henry Thoreau, John Calhoun, the Anti-Imperialist League, Herbert Hoover, Charles Lindbergh, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ron Paul (among others) have criticized proposals to intervene in other countries, enter wars, acquire foreign territory, and engage in a forward defense posture. Despite cogent objections, they have also generally lost the argument. Why do they lose? This book provides answers to these questions through a survey of oppositional arguments over time, augmented by the views of contemporary critics, including those of Ron Paul, Chalmers Johnson and Noam Chomsky. Author David J. Lorenzo demonstrates how and why a significant number of arguments are dismissed as irrelevant, unpatriotic, overly pessimistic, or radically out of the mainstream. Other lines of reasoning might provide a compelling critique of wars and interventions from a wide variety of perspectives – and still lose. Evaluating oppositional arguments in detail allows the reader to understand problems likely to be faced in the context of policy discussions, to grasp important political differences and the potential for alliances among critics, and ultimately to influence decision-making and America’s place in the international power structure.

Democracy Liberalism and War

  • Filename: democracy-liberalism-and-war.
  • ISBN: 1555879551
  • Release Date: 2001-01-01
  • Number of pages: 237
  • Author: Tarak Barkawi
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers



This book challenges the way that the relationship of democracy, liberalism and war has been framed in terms of (outdated) assumptions about the state and the international system.

The Ethics of War and Peace

  • Filename: the-ethics-of-war-and-peace.
  • ISBN: 9781136666759
  • Release Date: 2013-03-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Helen Frowe
  • Publisher: Routledge



When is it right to go to war? When is a war illegal? What are the rules of engagement? What should happen when a war is over? How should we view terrorism? The Ethics of War and Peace is a fresh and contemporary introduction to one of the oldest but still most relevant ethical debates. It introduces students to contemporary Just War Theory in a stimulating and engaging way, perfect for those approaching the topic for the first time. Helen Frowe explains the core issues in Just War Theory, and chapter by chapter examines the recent and ongoing philosophical? debates on: theories of self defence and national defence Jus ad Bellum, Jus in Bello, and Jus post Bellum the moral status of combatants the principle of non-combatant immunity the nature of terrorism and the moral status of terrorists. Each chapter concludes with a useful summary, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading, to aid student learning and revision. The Ethics of War and Peace is the ideal textbook for students studying philosophy, politics and international relations.

Debating War in Chinese History

  • Filename: debating-war-in-chinese-history.
  • ISBN: 9789004244795
  • Release Date: 2013-03-08
  • Number of pages: 282
  • Author:
  • Publisher: BRILL



This work offers the first sustained discussion of the debates that took place within Chinese governments over whether or not, and why, to wage war.

Making Sense of Media and Politics

  • Filename: making-sense-of-media-and-politics.
  • ISBN: 9781136887673
  • Release Date: 2011-06-23
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Gadi Wolfsfeld
  • Publisher: Routledge



Politics is above all a contest, and the news media are the central arena for viewing that competition. One of the central concerns of political communication has to do with the myriad ways in which politics has an impact on the news media and the equally diverse ways in which the media influences politics. Both of these aspects in turn weigh heavily on the effects such political communication has on mass citizens. In Making Sense of Media and Politics, Gadi Wolfsfeld introduces readers to the most important concepts that serve as a framework for examining the interrelationship of media and politics: political power can usually be translated into power over the news media when authorities lose control over the political environment they also lose control over the news there is no such thing as objective journalism (nor can there be) the media are dedicated more than anything else to telling a good story the most important effects of the news media on citizens tend to be unintentional and unnoticed. By identifying these five key principles of political communication, the author examines those who package and send political messages, those who transform political messages into news, and the effect all this has on citizens. The result is a brief, engaging guide to help make sense of the wider world of media and politics and an essential companion to more in-depths studies of the field.

Debating the Democratic Peace

  • Filename: debating-the-democratic-peace.
  • ISBN: 0262522136
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 379
  • Author: Michael Edward Brown
  • Publisher: MIT Press



Are democracies less likely to go to war than other kinds of states? This question is of tremendous importance in both academic and policy-making circles and one that has been debated by political scientists for years. The Clinton administration, in particular, has argued that the United States should endeavor to promote democracy around the world. This timely reader includes some of the most influential articles in the debate that have appeared in the journal International Security during the past two years, adding two seminal pieces published elsewhere to make a more balanced and complete collection, suitable for classroom use.

Issues of War and Peace

  • Filename: issues-of-war-and-peace.
  • ISBN: 031331196X
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 333
  • Author: Nancy Gentile Ford
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group



Emphasizes the events of lesser-known battles from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War, and includes information about the origins of each conflict, differing opinions, and the political, economic, and social impacts.

The Ethics of War and Peace

  • Filename: the-ethics-of-war-and-peace.
  • ISBN: 9780745641676
  • Release Date: 2009-07-07
  • Number of pages: 220
  • Author: Nigel Dower
  • Publisher: Polity



"This book presents an introduction to the diverse and wide-ranging ethical aspects of war and peace. In a fair-minded and engaging analysis, Nigel Dower introduces the different ethical theories in traditional and contemporary debates - realism, just war theory and pacifism - and subjects each to detailed critical scrutiny. The book uses a wide range of examples from across the world, including discussions of nuclear weapons, new wars, terrorism, humanitarian intervention and human security." "Written as a textbook for those who have no prior knowledge of philosophical ethics, The Ethics of War and Peace is designed to help students understand how to engage ethically with the world. At the end of each chapter there is a helpful set of questions for individual reflection or group discussion." --Book Jacket.

Justice and Peace

  • Filename: justice-and-peace.
  • ISBN: 9783593399829
  • Release Date: 2013-10-02
  • Number of pages: 196
  • Author: Gunther Hellmann
  • Publisher: Campus Verlag



Justice and peace are key concepts in the discourse of many academic disciplines. Conceptually, they are obviously linked, but perennial disputes surround the question of their interdependence and whether priority must be accorded to justice or peace. This volume brings together a diverse group of internationally renowned scholars from the fields of political theory, philosophy, international relations, history, cultural anthropology, and law to address these overarching questions and offer suggestions on how the friction between justice and peace might be resolved. The contributors draw on long-standing philosophical debates in order to address historical as well as contemporary conflicts ranging from the establishment and enforcement of legal and political norms in the disputes of early modern Europe to present-day tensions inherent in the constitutionalization of international law.

Global Media Perspectives on the Crisis in Panama

  • Filename: global-media-perspectives-on-the-crisis-in-panama.
  • ISBN: 9781409476429
  • Release Date: 2013-04-28
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Author: Professor Howard M Hensel
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.



Operation Just Cause, the United States' incursion into Panama, was the culmination of a gradually escalating confrontation between the United States and the Noriega dominated government of Panama that extended from June, 1987 until early January, 1990. Applying diverse methodological approaches, this volume examines the various ways representative examples of the global media covered the developing crisis and the eventual US incursion into Panama. The volume: – sets the stage for this analysis by delineating the chronological development of the escalating confrontation, as well as by examining the confrontation from the perspective of the US government – analyzes the crisis from the perspective of the US, Soviet, Canadian, French, Portuguese, Arab, and the People's Republic of China media – exposes the challenges for public affairs officers operating within the context of the global media response to international crises, and provides an assessment of the implications of the crisis for inter-American and international relations. This analysis and evaluation of a variety of global media perspectives on the escalating US-Panamanian confrontation will serve to better illuminate and further enrich our understanding of a major international event - indeed, one of the final events of the Cold War era.

The Arab Predicament

  • Filename: the-arab-predicament.
  • ISBN: 0521438330
  • Release Date: 1992-05-29
  • Number of pages: 279
  • Author: Fouad Ajami
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Ajami's acclaimed study, updated in 1992 in light of recent turbulent events, remains an indispensable guide to the politics of the Arab world.

Debating the Democratic Peace

  • Filename: debating-the-democratic-peace.
  • ISBN: 0262522136
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 379
  • Author: Michael Edward Brown
  • Publisher: MIT Press



Are democracies less likely to go to war than other kinds of states? This question is of tremendous importance in both academic and policy-making circles and one that has been debated by political scientists for years. The Clinton administration, in particular, has argued that the United States should endeavor to promote democracy around the world. This timely reader includes some of the most influential articles in the debate that have appeared in the journal International Security during the past two years, adding two seminal pieces published elsewhere to make a more balanced and complete collection, suitable for classroom use.

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