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    Reconciling Impact and Ethics

    An Ethnography of Research in Violent Online Political Extremism Vox Pol release a new open access Vox Pol report by Dounia Mahlouly on the ethical dilemmas faced by the academic community tasked with developing new methodological tools and conceptual frameworks for the study of violent online political extremism. Download the report here Abstract: Gathering empirical evidence from interviews and focus groups, this study highlights some of the ethical dilemmas faced by the academic community tasked with developing new methodological tools and conceptual frameworks for the study of violent online political extremism. At the same time it examines how academics position themselves in relation to a broad range of non-academic stakeholders…

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    The Fixers: Local News Workers’ Perspectives on International Reporting

    by Lindsay Palmer News “fixers” are locally-based media employees who serve as translators, coordinators, and guides to foreign journalists in unfamiliar terrain. Operating in the shadows, fixers’ contributions to journalism are largely hidden from us, yet they underpin the entire international news industry: almost every international news story we read today could not be produced without a fixer. Indeed, without fixers’ on-the-ground skill and intimate knowledge of a territory, journalists would struggle to document stories unfolding in countries outside their own. Despite this, however, fixers remain one of the most under-protected and undervalued groups contributing to the production of news. Targeted by militant groups and governments, even by their neighbours,…

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    Warning about War: Conflict, Persuasion and Foreign Policy

    By Christoph O. Meyer, King’s College London , Chiara De Franco, University of Southern Denmark , Florian Otto, Control Risks, Frankfurt Publisher: Cambridge University PressExpected online publication date: August 2019Print publication year: 2019Online ISBN:9781108644006 more details here Book description What does it take for warnings about violent conflict and war to be listened to, believed and acted upon? Why are warnings from some sources noticed and largely accepted, while others are ignored or disbelieved? These questions are central to considering the feasibility of preventing harm to the economic and security interests of states. Challenging conventional accounts that tend to blame decision-makers’ lack of receptivity and political will,  the authors offer a new theoretical framework explaining how distinct…

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    Docu-Fictions of War

    U.S. Interventionism in Film and Literature by Tatiana Prorokova May 2019Visit the publishers site for more information About the Book Historical writing and fiction are not the same thing, though historians often creatively manipulate material in imposing plot structures, selecting starting and ending points, and fashioning compelling literary characters from historical figures. In Docu-Fictions of War, Tatiana Prorokova argues that the opposite is also true—war fiction offers a kind of history that both documents its subjects and provides a snapshot of the cultural representation of the United States’ most recent military involvements. She covers a largely neglected body of cinematic and literary texts about the First Gulf War, the Balkan War,…

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    JWCS: Special Issue on War, Peace, and Sport

    The Journal of War and Culture Studies seeks submissions for a special issue exploring the relationship between war, peace and sport from the nineteenth century to the present day. At various points in human history, but most notably perhaps in the late nineteenth century, sport has been conceived as a means of preparing young, usually male bodies and minds for combat. Indeed, it is no coincidence that the nineteenth century also bore witness to the rise of nationalism; physical education in many Western European nations, for example, often bore a deliberate resemblance to military training. The nation state and the two processes (the development of sports and national cultures) have often been…