When the Internal and External Collide: A Social Constructivist Reading of Russia's Security Policy

  title={When the Internal and External Collide: A Social Constructivist Reading of Russia's Security Policy},
  author={Aglaya Snetkov},
  journal={Europe-Asia Studies},
  pages={521 - 542}
  • A. Snetkov
  • Published 2 April 2012
  • Sociology
  • Europe-Asia Studies
Abstract This study provides a social constructivist reading of Russia's security policy under President Vladimir Putin, by investigating the relationship between the internal and the external security spheres and state identity through the prism of Russia's narrative on the fight against terrorism. Drawing on social constructivist theories of identity, security and narratives, it argues that a change occurred in the Putin regime's conceptualisation of Russian state identity: from an initially… 
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