Department of Conflict Resolution Studies Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

First Advisor

Justin Berna

Second Advisor

Neil H. Katz

Third Advisor

Mary Hope Schwoebel


diplomacy, Hollywood, Iran, propoganda, United States, war


The main purpose of this dissertation was to identify whether development of impartial, equitable and resolution based films and television shows covering the U.S. – Iran conflict could have a greater ethical, educational, entertainment and economic value for Hollywood studios and their world audience in comparison to the present contentious and stereotypical narrative portrayals. The qualitative research methodology of content analysis was thus utilized to conduct the research. Upon the step-by-step application of the methodology, the key finding of the dissertation established that diplomatic based narrative Hollywood themes of conflict resolution have a greater social, critical review and box-office value in comparison to Hollywood projects with solely violent based narrative themes. The research findings thus exemplified how Hollywood can expand its cultural and economic reach by diversifying storylines of the U.S. – Iran conflict with diplomatic themes of conflict resolution.