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International Affairs

Strategies that attract short-term attention to international issues can undermine long-term goals. Framing can help resolve the conflict.

We need to understand the attitudes, beliefs, and assumptions that underlie public indifference to international affairs. By understanding widespread challenges, advocates can deliver powerful communications.

When we find ways to explain how things work, we make it easier for people to think about policies, not personalities. When we remind people of their desire to have a positive impact on the future, we counter the tendency to focus exclusively on the present.

Explore these resources on early learning in developing countries, nuclear security, peacebuilding and more.

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Building the Bridge to Peace: A Messaging Guide for Peacebuilders

Evidence-based recommendations for communicators to help a more productive narrative take hold


Building the Bridge to Peace: Reframing Peace and Peacebuilding

Five concrete framing strategies for communicating about peacebuilding


Understanding the Conversation About Peacebuilding: An Analysis of Organizational Communications

This report maps the frames and narratives that organizations in the peacebuilding field use to communicate about peace and peacebuilding.


Communicating about Peace and Peacebuilding: Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Recommendations

Peace is widely recognized to be good, and yet peacebuilding stands at the periphery of our politics. This brief unpacks this seeming paradox, summarizing key findings from research on public...


Communicating about Peace and Peacebuilding: Research Methods and Sample Composition

This supplement provides detailed information on the research that informs FrameWorks’ strategic brief on peace and peacebuilding.


An Unthinkable Problem from a Bygone Era: How to Make Nuclear Risk and Disarmament a Salient Social Issue

This report compares how members of the public and social elites think about nuclear risk and disarmament.


How to Talk About Early Childhood Development to an International Audience

It can be hard to make a case for early learning with stakeholders from the international development sector. Talking about the "multiplier effect" helps.


Taking the First Step: Using Metaphor to Open Space for the Science of Child Development in the Field of International Development

A new metaphor - the "multiplier effect" - can help us better explain how early childhood development can advance the goals of international development and aid.


Finding a Place for Early Child Development in the Hierarchy of Needs

This report offers guidance on how to translate the science of early child development for the international development and policy community.


Summary of Research on the Framing of Early Childhood Development in International Child Advocacy and Journalism

This study offers insight into international aid workers' perception of early childhood development issues, mapping the stories they hear and the stories they tell.


Framing Early Childhood Development in a Global Context: An Analysis of Children’s Issues in International News Media

This media content analysis examines the explicit and implicit messages, or “media frames,” embedded in the international news coverage of children’s issues.


Where is Early Childhood Development on the International Child Advocacy Agenda?

This analysis of organizational communications explores patterns in the ways that international advocacy groups talk about children’s issues.