The visual politics of the 2015 Iran deal : narrative, image and verification. / Miskimmon, Alister; O'Loughlin, Ben.

In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 11.09.2020, p. 1-21.

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The visual politics of the 2015 Iran deal : narrative, image and verification. / Miskimmon, Alister; O'Loughlin, Ben.

In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 11.09.2020, p. 1-21.

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Miskimmon, Alister ; O'Loughlin, Ben. / The visual politics of the 2015 Iran deal : narrative, image and verification. In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 2020 ; pp. 1-21.

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