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The Issue of the Representation of Russia-US Diplomatic Relations of 1990s-2010s in Political Discourse

Student: Anastasiia Makareva

Supervisor: Maxim Bratersky

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Double degree programme in International Relations of the NRU HSE and the University of London (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 10

Year of Graduation: 2020

The modern age has been significantly described in terms of the increasing dominance of the multilateral diplomacy, held in the structure and frames of meetings, assemblies, and contributions related to a broad agenda, including the patters of security, economy, politics, and others which are located both at the internal and external levels of analysis and actors involved. When it comes to the debate not only over the exact evidential depiction but also over the exact analysis of mutual relationships among states in international relations, the issue of the representation is generally accepted to be subjective due to the nature of its subject, derived from the individual interpretations and socially attributed meanings, and the object applied to describe it. As a result, seldom do scholars attempt to approach it from a research perspective. Hence, the aim of the presented thesis is dedicated to analyzing and cover the untested and unresearched aspect of the paradigm of diplomacy in international relations, mainly dealing with the representation and problematization of the bilateral Russia-US diplomatic relations of the 1990s-2010s in the political discourse. The paper opens with the general overview on the historical background on the issue, setting the context for the further explanatory discussion, and then proceeds to the theoretical and empirical analysis predominantly based on the critical theory approach towards international relations, embodied into the constructivist and post-structuralist approaches, necessary to depict the discoursive patterns in the agenda. The described issue will be carefully approached using the detailed discourse and content analysis borrowed from the existing theoretical observations depicted in the academic literature, supported by empirical observation of the discourse in media sources and official documents. This issue will be of interest both to researchers in the field of international relations, as well as to practitioners and politicians involved in political discourse issues, in particular, for those working with the cautiously forecasting the future developments in the Russia-US bilateral relations.

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