Security Narratives in Europe: A Wide Range of Views

Security Narratives in Europe: A Wide Range of Views

by Wolfgang Zellner (Editor)


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The relationship between Russia and the West is worse than it has ever been since the end of the Cold War. Substantially contradictory interests are at the core of this new constellation of conflict. But a far-reaching mutual lack of understanding also contributes to the fact that even entering into serious dialogue has become difficult for the different sides. Key terms, such as security or stability, mean something quite different to each of them. This precarious situation has led to a new interest in the "narratives" of states, elites and populations. Every attempt at mediation between the different security narratives is doomed to fail. This volume is intended to contribute to the different storytellers understanding better what the other sides mean. As a result, the 13 security narratives published in this book paint a much more differentiated picture than the bipolar East-West pattern would suggest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783848745074
Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Series: Demokratie, Sicherheit, Frieden Series , #221
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Finland between the Practice and the Idea: the Significance and Change of Narrative in the Post-Cold War Era Kari Möttölä 11

French Discourses on Russia: the End of a Foreign Policy Consensus? Barbara Kunz 35

Georgian Narratives on Russian-Western Relations Kornely Kakachia 49

German Perceptions of Russian-Western Relations Wolfgang Zellner 59

Italy's Special Relationship with Russia Serena Giusti 71

Russia in Latvia's Security Narrative: Back to Securitization Andris Spruds 83

Dutch narratives about Russian-Western relations Barend ter Haar 89

Russian Narratives Andrei Zagorski 99

Swiss Narratives on the Evolution of European Security, 1990-2016 Christian Nünlist Benno Zogg 119

Turkey-Russia Relations in the Era of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). From Honeymoon to Separation and Reconciliation Again Hüseyin Bagci Ali Serdar Erdurmaz 131

Ukrainian Narratives Oleksiy Semeniy 147

UK Strategic Defence and Russia: A Brief History of Unrequited Wooing James Gow 157

United States Narrative(s) Philip Remler 171


OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions European Security - Challenges at the Societal Level 183

About the Authors 217

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