Conclusion: Media Attention and the Erosion of Humanitarian Norms in the Face of “Security”?
This chapter relates the results of the data analysis to the explanations offered by international law and international relations for why the conflict in Syria receives more global attention than Yemen. While states have justified their interventions in the two conflicts using international laws and norms, such justifications rarely draw media attention to either conflict. Furthermore, the scale of humanitarian crisis alone is not enough to explain the difference in media coverage of the two conflicts, given the paucity of coverage of humanitarian issues in the media sources analyzed. Instead, the use of force by great powers, the diverse array of nonstate actors (including internationally recognized terrorist groups), and structural inequalities within the international system best explain why Syria receives more attention. The chapter concludes by highlighting areas of future research and underscoring the real-world consequences of the lack of global attention to the crisis in Yemen.
KeywordsSecurity Humanitarians Structural inequalities Refugees
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