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Framing Afghanistan as a "War of Necessity"


Political Science


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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As part of a larger study of political and media discourse on U.S. national security in the post-9/11 world, this paper analyzes President Obama's frame of the U.S. surge in Afghanistan and contrasts it with both the congressional and media narratives about our exit strategy from Afghanistan. Utilizing the research technique of qualitative content analysis, we address the following research questions: What themes predominate in Obama's narrative about our Afghanistan strategy? Is than elite counter-narrative, or is there a general elite consensus on the way forward in Afghanistan? How are the political narratives about Afghanistan represented in two leading media outlets, the New York Times and Washington Post?

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Annual Conference

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Chicago, IL

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