No. 10, Spring/Summer 2003
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Never in the long history of mass communication has the world witnessed such an event as the Anglo-Iraq War of 2003. That is probably because so many countries had their fingers in the Iraqi economic pie that only a few were willing to assist the U.S.-British military machines in picking a fight with a country that did not seem to threaten world peace. For the first time, transnational broadcasting companies extended their coverage to every corner of the earth that had satellite dishes. While the Vietnam War was the first television war, and the Persian Gulf War of 1991 was the first satellite world, the War of 2003 was the first global communications war, complete with competing media on both sides. This book looks at this historic event from the unusual viewpoints of media professionals, academics, economists and political analysts from the Middle East, the Americas and around the world, all focusing on how the global media behaved in this conflict.

Authors wishing to be a part of this historic work should contact the editor, veteran international journalist and scholar Dr. Ralph D. Berenger of the American University in Cairo at

Articles can be essays, academic research pieces, or descriptive accounts. Papers should follow the style of the American Psychology Association. Short chapters of 2,500-4,000 words are preferred.

Query with your intentions and suggestions before May 15, 2003. Chapters due July 15, 2003. The following are suggested, working chapter titles only. Feel free to offer your own suggestions and research.


       What the new media world looks like

Part I - Rumors of War
  Chapter 1--Media coverage of the United Nations
Chapter 2-Media coverage of the anti-war movement
Chapter 3-Estranged bedfellows, the "willing" coalition
Chapter 4-Legalities of pre-emptive intervention and the media
Chapter 5-Who, what, where, when, how but why?
Chapter 6-Unfinished business: how media viewed motivation for war
Chapter 7-Global media take sides: how the world viewed the Anglo-Iraq War
  a. Europe
b. North America (and Mexico)
c. South America
d. Africa
e. Middle East
f. Asia
Part II-Media Behavior in Time of War
  Chapter 8-Clash of Media Cultures
Chapter 9-The Arab Media: the "Other" voice in the war
Chapter 10-A Rookie on the War Desk: How the wire services covered the war
Chapter 11-In the belly of the beast: notes from Kurdistan
Chapter 12-Technology and Reporting from the Battlefield
Chapter 13-Shocked and Awed: Journalists Blitz-krieged
Chapter 14-Reporters vs. Patriot-Journalists: Is there a difference?
Chapter 15-Embedded with the Marines: Faustian bargains or unequaled access?
Chapter 16-Now it's the "Al Jazeera Effect"
Chapter 17-The Good, the Bad, the Awful: Media personalities in time of war
Chapter 18-Vox Populi: the Arab Street vs. Gallup
Part III-What went wrong, what went right, and what the heck happened?
  Chapter 19-Media analyzes itself
Chapter 20-Victory has many fathers
Chapter 21-Arab Suspicions Remain
Chapter 22-Portend of Media things to come in Middle East?
Chapter 23-Media in the Rearview Mirror
Chapter 24-Impact of war on Muslims throughout the world
Chapter 25-Carrots and Sticks…and Stones
Copyright 2003 Transnational Broadcasting Studies
TBS is published by the Adham Center for Television Journalism, the American University in Cairo