Joo Lee

Doctor of Philosophy, (Politics)
Study Completed: 2019
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Foreign Policy Discourses of the United States and Iran regarding the Syrian Civil War, 2011-2015

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Mr Lee's research offered a detailed and systemic analysis of the recent foreign policies on Syria crafted by the United States and Iran. In particular, he identified the major ways in which key institutions from both countries' political systems represent various aspects of the Syrian Civil War before comparing the similarities and differences among these representational practices. Drawing on Norman Fairclough's model of Critical Discourse Analysis as a means to frame his analysis, Mr Lee found that diplomatic language expressing views on matters of war and peace is seldom a-political and can be shaped significantly by institutional practices and socio-cultural contexts.

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