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Sponsored Shah. From the start, Islamic based oppositional groups have sought to oust secular governments and put sharia law into place. To accomplish these goals, it is necessary to force the United States to withdraw from the region for by removing American support of existing regimes, it is predicted they will easily collapse thus opening the way for new Islamic regimes. 2. A Global Ideology and Clash of Civilizations. Huntington (1993) initiated a debate about the best paradigm for explaining dynamics of world politics arguing the clash of civilizations, based on culture differences between peoples will become the dominant global form of conflict.

Emotions can be a source of framing, or a consequence of a frame. Feelings influence how we frame our prospects. Was President Bush being risk averse or risk acceptant when he launched preventive war against Iraq in March 2003? If he believed Iraq would use weapons of mass destruction against the United States or provide them to terrorists, then inaction could be portrayed as having the greatest variance in outcome. Observers, like actors, will sometimes differ in their assessment of risk and this makes prospect theory difficult to test.

Iyengar (1991) proposes two types of policy understanding frames, the “episodic” that tends to focus on individuals (to blame poverty on a lack of motivation or ability on the part of the poor, for example), and “thematic,” which focus on broader social and economic forces (to blame poverty on structural economic problems or a lack of political will, for example). The two types of framing highlight different causal agents, and hence suggest different solutions. Framing is the process by which a communication source constructs and defines a social or political issue for its audience.

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