Public Opinion, Mass Media, and European and American Foreign Policy

November 19-20, 1998
Columbia University
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
1161 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

An Academy of Political Science/Political Science Quarterly Conference Co-sponsored with Università di Siena, Columbia University, and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America

Organized as two days of sessions with paper presentations and roundtable discussions, the conference gathered European and American decision-makers, scholars, and journalists to discuss the role of public opinion and mass media in foreign policy.

These and other questions were addressed:

  • How the end of the Cold War has changed the way the media portray or frame international events and, in particular, events which imply the use of force?
  • To what extent have changes in the international environment affected the way policymakers and the media interact?
  • How the media's treatment of events like those in Bosnia, Somalia, Albania, and the Gulf War have shaped public attitudes concerning the way foreign policy should be conducted?
  • Whether, now that the Cold War is over, public attitudes have been shaped to greater or lesser extents by events, party platforms, ideology, beliefs, and changes in the available information.


Demetrios Caraley
Barnard College and Columbia University

Bruce Chadwick
Columbia University

Maurizio Cotta,
Università di Siena

Wolfgang Donsbach
Institut fur Kommunikationswissenschaften, TU Dresden

Richard Eichenberg
Tufts University

Robert Entman
North Carolina State University

Philip Everts
University of Leiden

Ronald Hinckley
Research/Strategy/Management, Inc.

Ole Holsti
Duke University

Pierangelo Isernia
Università di Siena

Lawrence Jacobs
University of Minnesota

Steven Kull
University of Maryland

Brigitte Nacos
Columbia University

Benjamin I. Page
Northwestern University

Clay Ramsay
University of Maryland

Hans Rattinger
University of Bamberg, Germany

Thomas Risse
European University Institute

John Ruggie
Columbia University

Bruce Russett
Yale University

Giacomo Sani
Università di Pavia

Robert Shapiro
Columbia University

Martin Shaw
University of Sussex, UK

Eric Shiraev
George Washington University

Richard Sinnott
CEEPA, Ireland

Richard Sobel
Harvard University

Eugene Wittkopf
Louisiana State University

John Zaller
University of California, Los Angeles

Ambassador Fulci
Italian Representative to UN

Hon. Giangiacomo Migone
University of Turin

Michael Janeway
Columbia University

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