Hybrid Media Practices and Narratives of Conflict
How are media and communications transforming armed conflicts? How are conflicts made visible in the media in different national and transnational settings? How does the media serve as a means by which
various actors manage and communicate conflict?
These are some of the questions addressed in this book. Using a variety of disciplinary perspectives and analytical approaches, contributors discuss the complex, multi-level Ukraine conflict as it is imagined and enacted in and through various media. Covering a wide range of media forms and content, including television news, newspapers, PR campaigns, and social media content, they offer new, empirically grounded insight into the ways in which traditional mass media and new media forms are involved in narrating and shaping conflict.
This book is suitable for students of conflict and media courses in journalism, media and communication, politics, security, and Russian and Eastern European studies.
Chapter Eleven: Crisis Talks: The Framing of the Ukraine Crisis on German Talk Show Debates
The Framing of the Ukraine Crisis on German Talk Show Debates
DENNIS LICHTENSTEIN AND KATHARINA ESAU
Following the controversial incorporation of Crimea into Russia in spring 2014 and the subsequent economic sanctions imposed by the US and the EU, the Ukraine crisis marks a sea change in international relations between Russia and the EU (Bacon, 2015). The international tensions surrounding the crisis impact the global economy, complicate cooperation between EU countries and Russia in relation to military actions in Syria and demonstrate the fragility of peace in Europe. Warning of the danger of further escalation, many commentators draw parallels with the Cold War (Bovt, 2015; Legvold, 2014) and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, when a local conflict turned into a hot war between the major powers on the European continent (Clark, 2013).
Germany and its chancellor, Angela Merkel, have played an active role in the political negotiations around the Ukraine crisis (Pabriks & Kudors, 2015). Merkel has ensured a unified position toward Russia within the EU, and US president Barack Obama, holding back from active crisis management, supports Merkel’s strategy (Dempsey, 2015). Germany can therefore be seen as the most important point of contact for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in his efforts to resolve the crisis. The German government’s position includes economic sanctions against Russia and open accusations against Putin of violating both moral standards and international law (Merkel, 2015). At the same time, Germany...
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