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Title: The evolution of Russia's security discourse 2000-2008 : state identity, security priorities and Chechnya
Author: Snetkov, Aglaya
ISNI:       0000 0004 2705 1406
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2011
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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.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: 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) ; nal relations