Masters Thesis

Media Representation of Pakistan's Democracy, Sovereignty, and Public Diplomacy

The purpose of this study is to analyze the perception of democracy, sovereignty, and public diplomacy in Pakistan through two newspaper publications, the Dawn and the New York Times. I conducted a content analysis. This study uses the historical data about Pakistan and two theories, modernization and realism, to analyze the above three factors. Using a content analysis approach, 1,516 newspaper articles from a simple random sample of 90 dates from a 10-year period were read and analyzed. The end result of this analysis shows that the highest frequency of articles discussed weak sovereignty existing in Pakistan. Overall, the two theories are not sufficient to explain the social-political phenomena in Pakistan, as the theories are based in western approaches and do not encompass all aspects of Pakistani culture.

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