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The Independence of South Sudan

The Role of Mass Media in the Responsibility to Prevent

Walter C. Soderlund and E. Donald Briggs

Studies in International Governance Series

 

Paper 190 pp.

ISBN13: 978-1-77112-117-0

Release Date: Forthcoming September 2014

Online discount: 25%

$38.99  $29.24

 


   

The Responsibility to Protect, the report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), focused on three international responsibilities in the area of human security: the Responsibility to Prevent, the Responsibility to React, and the Responsibility to Rebuild. The report acknowledged that identifying countries likely to experience widespread civil violence, and then predicting when this would occur, were both difficult tasks. However, if ever a case of a “responsibly to prevent” was possible to anticipate, South Sudan was it.

Mass media coverage has been identified as an important factor in mobilizing the international community into action in crisis and potential crisis situations. Thirty-plus years of research has demonstrated consistent agenda-setting effects, while a more recent stream of research has confirmed significant framing effects, the latter most likely to occur in cases where advocacy framing is used. This book examines the way in which the press in Canada and the United States interpreted the potential for violence that accompanied South Sudan’s independence in 2011, and whether their governments had a responsibility to prevent or not.

Walter C. Soderlund is a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. His most recent publication (with Abdel Salam Sidahmed and E. Donald Briggs) is The Responsibility to Protect in Darfur: The Role of Mass Media (2010).

Donald Briggs has been associated with the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor for fifty-two years. One of his most recent previous publications, with Walter Soderlund and others, is Africa’s Deadliest Conflict: Media Coverage of the Humanitarian Disaster in the Congo and the United Nations Response, 1997–2008 (WLU Press, 2012).

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