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Russia as "the Other" in the Foreign Policy of the United States (2016 - 2019)

Student: Aleksandra Gvozdetskaya

Supervisor: Vera Ageeva

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Political Science and World Politics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

This paper examines the role of the image of Russia in the US foreign policy doctrine in the period 2016-2019. The theoretical framework of the research is the theory of national identity and symbolic politics, in particular the concept of "Other". The empirical part is based on a quantitative content analysis of the personal Twitter account of the us President-Donald trump, as well as on a critical discourse analysis of official documents that determine the nature of the United States foreign policy. As a result of the research, it was revealed that in his microblog, D. Trump speaks positively about Russian-American relations, but despite this, in the official US foreign policy doctrine, Russia is nevertheless presented as a "threat", whose containment is one of the priority goals of the US foreign policy.

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