DOI: 10.5553/RP/048647002004046004555

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Sterven voor Sarajevo?

De Joegoslavische kwestie in de Belgische politiek, 1991-1995


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Patrick Stouthuysen, "Sterven voor Sarajevo?", Res Publica, 4, (2004):555-582

    This article deals with the question why the war in Yugoslavia (1991-1 995) was hardly an issue in Belgian politics and society. We analyze how the conflict was framed in the newspapers, by opinion-leaders and by the peace movement. We also reconstruct the parliamentary debate: what parliamentary initiatives were taken and which framing of the conflict dominated the discussions. We conclude that the Belgian debate was largely dominated by the realist frame. This was probably a result of the presence of Belgian UN-soldiers in the conflict-zone, of the fact that the peace movement was divided and concentrated on other issues, and of the fact that the interventionist frame was claimed by the extreme rightwing Vlaams Blok party.

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