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As news of kidnappings and beheadings flowed out of Iraq this summer, it was easy to assume that Iraq had fallen into a state of primordial chaos. The brutal forces of tribalism and barbarity appeared to be triumphing, and the modern appeared to be giving way to the medieval. Such …

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Arab Satellite Coverage of US Elections

The US presidential election of 2004 attracted an unprecedented amount of international media attention, perhaps nowhere more so than in the Arab world, where the impact of American policy has made itself acutely felt in the three years since September 11. Concerns over the war in Iraq, combined with frustration …

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Report on the 58th Annual Middle East Institute Conference: “The Use and Limits of Power in the Middle East”

Panel: "Media Diplomacy: Who Controls the Control Room?" National Press Club, Washington, D.C.  5-6 October 2004 By far the most lively panel during October's annual Middle East Institute (MEI) conference in Washington, D.C., was "Media Diplomacy: Who Controls the Control Room?" featuring interesting insights from independent filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and The …

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Remarks in Response to Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Cambridge Arab Media Project: The Media and Political Change in the Arab World, 29-30 September 2004  Thank you very much. I am actually very proud to talk after Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, who is one of those people who inspired our thoughts when we were students--political science students at Cairo …

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