Operation Allied Force : A critical discourse analysis of how Serbian newspapers reported the NATO intervention in the Kosovo conflict.

University essay from Stockholms universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Author: Melisa Puric; [2020]

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Abstract: Kofi Annan- a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, posed a question on moral and ethics in the international society, “...if humanitarian intervention is, indeed, an unacceptable assault on sovereignty, how should we respond to a Rwanda, to a Srebrenica – to gross and systematic violations of human rights that affect every precept of our common humanity?”. Upon answering this question of moral obligation, one must first turn to the self. The purpose of this study is thus by using the case study of NATO interventions in Serbia, find understanding of the construct of national identity in relation to foreign affairs affecting domestic stature and the stance against the domestic nations action.  By using the method of critical discourse analysis within the post-structuralist theory, three main discursive positions, tensions and struggles have been identified that the NATO-bombings have given rise to in the Serbian context. It is studied how these discursive framings are depicted in Serbian newspapers, and discussed in relation to national self. 

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