Towards an understanding of President Clinton’s Remarks on Iran in 1995 and 1996: Frame Analysis and Discussion.
This thesis explores the frames President Clinton used in official, oral remarks on Iran in 1995 and 1996. A content analysis, which incorporated previous research on framing on Iran, shows that in both years, the dominant frames in Clinton’s remarks were focused on Iran as terrorist sponsoring nation that hungers for nuclear weapons. In a following frame analysis, the author illustrates that the negative frames used by President Clinton find their origins during, as well as in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution and Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979. Media as well as politicians portray Iran as terrorist nation that posed a threat to the United States through its nuclear program. Throughout the following decade, the frames became embedded within American culture, as sanctions were implemented against Iran and the country was placed on the US’ “State Sponsor of Terrorism” list. Eventually, the use of the fr! ames was enhanced by the changing dynamics following the end of the Cold War. While Americans had previously defined themselves in contrast to the Soviet Union, Iran became a new ‘evil’ Other through which Americans became American.
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