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

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

written by Blake C. Roberts, Tom Pierre Najem, E. Donald Briggs and Walter E. Soderlund (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012), 278 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
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.
Field of Interest
Global Issues
Author
Blake C. Roberts, Tom Pierre Najem, E. Donald Briggs, Walter E. Soderlund
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2013 Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Content Type
Book
Duration
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Warning: Contains explicit content
No
Format
Text
Page Count
278
Publication Year
2012
Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Place Published / Released
Waterloo, ON
Subject
Global Issues, World History, Social Sciences, History, Humanitarian Aid, War and Violence, The Congo and its Borders, Mass media, Second Congo War, 1998-2003, First Congo War, 1996-1997, Ajuda Humanitária, Ayuda Humanitaria, Guerra y Violencia, Guerra e Violência, República Democrática del Congo, República Democrática do Congo, Zaire, Belgian Congo, Republic of Zaire, United Nations, Democratic Republic of the Congo, International Response, Border Enforcement and Control, Border Disputes, Conflicts and Resolution, 21st Century in World History (2001– ), 20th Century in World History (1914--2000)
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Ajuda Humanitária, Ayuda Humanitaria, Guerra y Violencia, Guerra e Violência, República Democrática del Congo, República Democrática do Congo, Zaire, Belgian Congo, Republic of Zaire

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