'This is a penetrating study of the power of television that goes well beyond the conventional arguments and 'evidence'. By placing the presentation of two cases (Kosovo and Afghanistan) in a larger framework of power, de Franco advances our understanding of the strategies used by both the media and the decision makers [...] a work that will be read with profit by readers interested in international relations, foreign policy making, the media (particularly television) and the general 'attentive' public.'
- Friedrich Kratochwil, Professor of International Relations, European University Institute
'A lot of myths surround the role of the media in shaping both perceptions and actual policies in recent warfare. Some view the media as a simple tool cynically manipulated by government spindoctors. Others, by contrast, portray journalists as the tireless champions of truth and moral values against governments too willing to shirk their responsibility to stop gross human rights violations [...] The great merit of Chiara De Franco is to show that the reality is much more complex. Using impressive research and fascinating interviews with key players, she gives a whole new interpretation to familiar concepts such as 'the tyranny of real time' or 'media power'. De Franco's complete and wise policy recommendations are essential reading for anyone who believes that both media and governments need to do a much better job in the future in explaining wars to their citizens at home."
- Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges and Former NATO Spokesman.
CHIARA DE FRANCO is Deputy Director of the Foresight Research Group and co-founder of the #global_mediatisation initiative in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, UK. She is also coordinator of the Task Force for the improvement of EU's capabilities for mass atrocities prevention. She has published on international political communication and conflict prevention.