Global Media Perspectives on the Crisis in Panama

Global Media Perspectives on the Crisis in Panama

Global Media Perspectives on the Crisis in Panama

Global Media Perspectives on the Crisis in Panama

Synopsis

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.

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Howard M. Hensel and Nelson Michaud

The opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed or implied within this book are solely those of the authors who are entirely responsible for the contents of their works and thus should not be interpreted as representing the views of the Air War College, the Air University, the Air Force Research Institute, the Air Force Public Affairs Center of Excellence, the École nationale d’adminitration publique, Concordia University, Oakland University, the University of Sherbrooke, Kennesaw State University, the University of Porto, the United States Air Force, the US Department of Defense, the US government, or the government of Québec.

All of us who have participated in this case study analyzing, comparing, and assessing the various global media perspectives on the crisis between the United States and Panama hope that our efforts will not only serve to illustrate the variety of roles played by the media in the formulation and implementation of public policy, but they will also serve to illuminate the tremendous diversity of interpretations taken by some of the various component parts of the global media regarding a major international confrontation. Finally, it is hoped that the volume will serve to illustrate the variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches available to both scholars and practitioners as they analyze and assess international media perspectives on the various challenges and opportunities confronting the global community in the twenty-first century.

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