Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Political Science

First Advisor

Thomas Kostrzewa

Second Advisor

Jennifer Machiorlatti

Third Advisor

Michelle Metro-Roland


As social media is gaining a conspicuous role in international relations, an emerging exploration has begun to examine the impact of its role in the outcome of international relations and events. The events at Benghazi, Libya on September 12, 2012 will continue be seen as unique point in social media and international relations history, because the event was closely tied to the developments of social media’s use. It thus is a historical marker in social media’s communicational importance globally and politically. Communication’s role in this event is an ideal case study in evaluating the importance of social media and international relations, due to the heavy involvement of social media at its many stages. Additionally, in analyzing the elements of each stage of the Benghazi incident,, one witnesses the growing pervasiveness of the constructivist theory of international relations. This paper seeks to answer how relevant the relationship between social media and international relations is in the outcome of events of the Benghazi attack on September 12, 2012.

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