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De Graaf and Dimitriu - Fighting vs Reconstructing, Framing de Dutch War in Afghanistan.pdf
Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War: Winning domestic support for the Afghan War (2015)
  • George Dimitriu
  • Beatrice de Graaf
Abstract
In this chapter, we offer a contribution to the growing literature on strategic narratives in analyzing the importance of a unified “frame production.” We will illustrate how contradicting, fragmented, and politicized frames exert a disruptive force on both the creation and reception of official strategic narratives.The case of the Netherlands is particularly interesting because it provides a better understanding of how strategic narratives, media frames, and public understanding (and support) are intertwined. It will become clear that the failure to produce a coherent and compelling strategic narrative straightaway contributed to the fragmentation of media frames explaining the mission to the public. A plethora of conflicting and overlapping media frames greatly affected public understanding and was one of the key elements in undermining public support for the mission. 
Keywords
  • strategic narratives,
  • strategy,
  • war studies,
  • defence studies,
  • strategic studies,
  • framing,
  • narratives,
  • media,
  • media frames,
  • public opinion,
  • NATO,
  • ISAF,
  • War in Afghanistan,
  • Afghan War,
  • war,
  • Uruzgan,
  • Netherlands,
  • Dutch Politics,
  • Politics,
  • Dutch War,
  • Dutch in Afghanistan,
  • Dutch in Uruzgan,
  • Oeroezgan,
  • Dutch Approach,
  • 3D approach,
  • Defe
Publication Date
Winter February 10, 2015
Editor
Beatrice De Graaf, George Dimitriu and Jens Ringsmose
Publisher
Routledge
Series
Contemporary Security Studies
Citation Information
George Dimitriu and Beatrice de Graaf. "De Graaf and Dimitriu - Fighting vs Reconstructing, Framing de Dutch War in Afghanistan.pdf" LondonStrategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War: Winning domestic support for the Afghan War (2015) p. 241 - 262
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/george_dimitriu/16/