Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science


Political Science, International Law and Relations.



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This paper argues that, notwithstanding the necessity of certain restrictions on the press in combat zones for security reasons, government agenda-setting and control of the press are violations of democratic values which are doomed to failure in a free society. Although, the government may be able to set the agenda in a general way, it is nevertheless, unable to dictate a specific interpretation of news events. In addition, should the government succeed in its task, that success is a contradiction of the very goals the United States is seeking to establish. This thesis further demonstrates that the crux of the problem in low-intensity operations does not lie in press reporting, but rather is related to the absence of clear political goals and the lack of a properly trained military and diplomatic cadre to be employed in such situations. Angola and Nicaragua were selected as case studies. Politically, the cases demonstrate contradictions between rhetoric and reality. Militarily, they demonstrate the same set of problems associated with counterinsurgency in the Vietnam era. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .D735. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-03, page: 1078. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.