Media in International Relations: Examining State-run Media Outlets of Central Asia

Authors: Mariya Pak*, ERA Institute, Filippo Menga, University of Reading
Topics: Political Geography, Communication, Eurasia
Keywords: media, news outlets, media framing, international relations, conflict
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: President's Boardroom, Omni, East
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Often, decision makers rely on foreign media as the main source of their up-to-date information on other countries, making the understanding of these sources critically important. This article examines how Central Asian state-run media outlets report on cooperation and conflict. The study used the Central Asia Watch database to identify news articles published by state-run media outlets of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. We analyzed how regional relations were reported between 2016 and 2017. Overall, this paper contributes to International Relations scholarship by providing empirical evidence on how state-run media outlets report on interstate relations. Such knowledge will help policymakers and investors, who use information from similar sources, better evaluate the information they receive.

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