From Frontline to Headline: How Global and Social Media Make Conflict Newsworthy

The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return of the Taliban has created a security vacuum in South and Central Asia, but the turmoil doesn’t stop there. The Indo-Pacific is a new frontline for America, where geopolitical and trade competition with China is escalating. Meanwhile, as new terrorist networks emerge in Africa, cyberespionage has expanded and cybercrime has already morphed into a global terror threat. Explore the dynamics among these risks through the critical lens of the international, national, and social media. Examine how the narration, coverage and broadcasting of security and conflict become a part of the national conversation and international relations. Analyze the nuance and depth of reporting and debating through the works of subject-area experts, editors, reporters, and even “influencers”. Discover and debate the unwritten laws that define the new global order, from Beijing’s “Xi Jinping Thought” to Washington’s “Biden Doctrine”. Delve into what happens when the reporting ends and the debate begins, and how conflict further develops from there. Learn more about the players and organizations shaping global security dynamics—from new alliances like the Quad or AUKUS, to fraying ones like NATO—from the experts who cover them. Imagine this course as eight weeks of deep diving into the debate, or the war, about war—from an interconnected and global perspective.
Registered students will have the option to participate in this course onsite at our NYU SPS Midtown Center or virtually via Zoom.
Students attending onsite courses will need to upload proof of vaccination to the NYU portal and show a "Green" Daily Screener pass upon entry to the campus. Students will also be required to follow any mask requirements or COVID-related protocols in place. Registered students will receive more information via email in January about accessing the campus. A smartphone is required to use the Daily Screener app.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to analyze key global security issues
  • Knowledge of the main drivers and organizations shaping modern conflict and diplomacy
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.