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The evolution of Russia's security discourse 2000-2008: state identity, security priorities and Chechnya

Snetkov, Aglaya (2011)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis examines the evolution of Russia’s internal and external security perceptions from 2000-2008. Drawing on social constructivist ontology, it argues that the Putin regime’s articulation of security priorities evolved in relation to its reconceptualisation of Russian state identity from a ‘weak’ to a ‘strong’ state. To trace this evolutionary relationship between state identity and security perceptions, official discourse on Chechnya is examined. In this way, Russian narrative constructions of the process of securitisation and desecuritisation of Chechnya, and the role that this discourse played within the articulation of state identity and security priorities are investigated. The thesis suggests that the initial securitisation and subsequent desecuritisation of Chechnya are best understood within the Putin regime’s discursive construction of state building and changing security priorities, rather than as a reflection of shifting material conditions. The thesis concludes that analysis of individual security policies should take into account that the narrative construction of these policies shape, and are shaped by, the multifaceted and evolutionary meta-narratives of Russian state and security identity. Moreover, it is argued that Russian security policy should be studied as a subject in its own right, investigating both internal and external security issues, rather than being subsumed within a broader foreign policy analysis.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):White, David
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Centre for Russian and East European Studies, School of Goverment and Society
Subjects:DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
GT Manners and customs
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
JA Political science (General)
JZ International relations
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:2887
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