By By (author) Jenny Pickerill, By (author) Frank Webster By (author) Kevin Gillan

The first educational account of the twenty first century anti-war and peace circulate. Empirically wealthy and conceptually leading edge, Anti-War Activism will pay in particular shut cognizance to the replaced details atmosphere of protest, the advanced alliances of activists, the variety of members, in addition to campaigners' use of recent (and previous) media.

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Researchers in this mode might undertake, for example, content analysis of newspaper and television reports, demonstrate that there are patterns to reportage and conclude that most of these prioritized government and military spokespeople. The conclusion is easily reached that citizens are informed inappropriately because media are disproportionately influenced by military and government sources. Such research can produce important results (Hallin 1986; Robinson et al. 2005; Bennett et al. 2007), but it meets numerous objections.

In Latin America military dictatorships have given way to democracies in nations such as Chile, Post 9/11 17 Argentina and Bolivia, once bywords for torture and abuse. The end of the Soviet era has opened up many nations to democracy since 1989, even if the practice is flawed, and some go so far as to argue that the spirit of 1968 has hastened and extended this democratizing ethos into matters of identity and culture (Eley 2002). Thomas Oleson (2005) remarks that now ‘democracy constitutes the ideological core of world order’.

Nonetheless, should 16 Anti-War Activism the United States intervene in others’ terrains to protect its interests, as it does frequently, such actions do require legitimation. Without justification on a world stage American actions are readily condemned as self-serving, even bullying, and such perceptions are likely to be damaging to the goal of protecting long-term interests. The United States is militarily supreme and it can, if it so decides, defeat any challenge to its ‘hard’ power. But the United States must also take care to avoid acting unilaterally and without credible cause if it is to prevail.

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