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US Foreign Policy in the European Media: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism

US Foreign Policy in the European Media: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism
George N. Tzogopoulos

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After 9/11, neoconservatism was widely regarded as the dominant political ideology informing US foreign policy - particularly by the press. George N. Tzogopoulos here argues that the impact of neoconservatism can be disputed, examining other factors which influenced US foreign policy and the role of other politicians outside the neoconservatism movement. He demonstrates that prior to the events of 9/11, the key opinion-forming newspapers in Europe differed in their representations of neoconservatism. But, after 9/11, the European press rapidly adopted very similar approaches, constructing neoconservatism as the driving force behind Bush's international politics approach and the war on Iraq. The author asks why it is that media coverage in Europe focused on neoconservatism in particular over other IR theories, and the different factors - such as the scapegoat theory - which influenced journalistic work. He also examines early indications of the ways in which the European media are portraying US foreign policy under the Obama administration. This is an important contribution to our understanding of the dynamic between International Relations and the news media.

Author Info

Dr George N. Tzogopoulos is research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens where he also works as a journalist covering politics and international relations. He has cooperated with the European Council on Foreign Relations and is a regular contributor to international news agencies and media organisations such as AP, BBC, France 24, Reuters and ZDF.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848856035
Publication Date: 17 Sep 2012
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 15 integrated bw illustrations

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