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Russian Foreign Policy Discourse during and after the Georgian War: Representations of NATO
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study analyzes Russian foreign policy discourse on NATO during and after the Georgian war as constructed in on-line news articles from the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. The thesis adopts constructivist and discourse analytical approach. Namely, it is based on the interplay between the three main theoretical pillars: language as constitutive part of social reality; media as a type of discourse; and the constructivist understanding of the foreign policy discourse as being embedded in the domestic social and cultural dimensions. 

The research has shown that the discourse on NATO constructed in the news articles of Ria Novosti to a great extent reflected the official Russian government’s discourse.  The overall unfavorable representation of the organization was evident throughout the analyzed material. This ‘negative-other representation’ served to establish political frontiers between ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ of the discourse. In the context of the Georgian war, the questions of the future power balance as well as effective transatlantic security mechanism gained particular prominence. The geopolitics of the regional security was represented as bipolar, comprising NATO (or ‘the West’ in its broad sense) on the one hand and Russia as the legitimate leader in most of the post-Soviet space, on the other. Such representation tended to possess distinctive features of the Cold War discourse.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
Russian foreign policy discourse, NATO – Russia relations, discourse analysis, media discourse, constructivism
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54808ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--10/00708--SEOAI: diva2:310393
2010-01-21, Linköpings Universitet, 13:00 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2010-04-15 Created: 2010-04-14 Last updated: 2010-04-15Bibliographically approved

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