The Role of the Media in Conflict

TitleThe Role of the Media in Conflict
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleUSIPeace Briefing
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBajraktari, Y, Parajon, C
PublisherUnited States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Accession Number853
Abstract

The first meeting of the Institute\'s Media and Conflict Working Group analyzed the role of the media throughout the conflict cycle. While a considerable amount of analysis has focused on the media\'s potential to support democracy efforts and build sustainable peace, no similar effort has been given to analyze the role media can play in conflict prevention. Nor has the media\'s capacity to incite conflict been sufficiently analyzed and the lessons learned. The Institute recognizes the potential role of the media in conflict prevention, conflict management, and post-conflict reconstruction. Its Media and Conflict Working Group will analyze the role of the media throughout the conflict cycle. The first meeting of the working group, which was held May 4, 2007, focused specifically on the role of media in conflict prevention. It was chaired by John Langlois, of USAID\'s Office of Transition Initiatives. Presenters included Kemal Kurspahic, former editor-in-chief of the Bosnian daily newspaper Oslobodenje and now the founding chairman of the Media in Democracy Institute; Steven Livingston, professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at the George Washington University; and George Papagiannis, vice-president for Policy and Government Affairs at Internews Network. This USIPeace Briefing summarizes the working group\'s discussion on the role of media in conflict prevention, and does not represent the views of the Institute, which does not take policy positions. Contents: A Role for Media in Conflict: Defining the Parameters The Role of the International Media: Setting an International Agenda for Conflict The Role of Local Media: Community Building and Trust When Media becomes a Source of Divisiveness: Case in the Balkans Conclusions

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