Counterinsurgency in Iraq: Examining the different frames of the media, and the role of Information Operations during the surge
In a counterinsurgency environment, Information Operations play a crucial role. The insurgents and terrorists in Iraq rely on shaping narrative through media events and propaganda, and these narratives allow them to convince publics to support their cause, as well as change the political support landscape as events unfold. If the U.S. allows these narratives to stand uncontested, then the insurgency controls information dominance. This thesis examined the frames present in articles, and the public support from the U.S. perspective, from the summer of 2007 through the summer of 2008. Additionally, recommendations for an Information Operations campaign moving forward in Iraq are made, using role theory and framing theory as a basis.
0708: Mass communications
0750: Military studies