Truslen fra Rusland - en diskursanalyse: The Threat from Russia – a discourse analysis

Albert Marsling & Christopher Aastrup

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract This report is featuring a discourse analysis regarding the threat level concerning Russia. The overall topic will be analyzed with the following research question. Research question Which discourses about a Russian threat level is formulated in Center for Militære Studier’s publication ”The Ukraine Crisis and the End of the Post-Cold War European Order: Options for NATO and the EU” and how can these be explained? This reports conclusions are primarily in regard to Center for Militære Studier from September 2014 as the research question implies. Regarding theory the research of the Ukrainecrisis-repport is conducted using Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis. Answering the second part of the research question, regarding how these discourses can be explained, the book Security by Buzan, Wæver and de Wilde, is used with theory of securitization. After conducting the analysis we will take in considerations possibly uses of the results, regarding political issues and furthermore how this kind of research could be supported in the future with other theory’s, questions and overall focusses. The research concludes that the publication form Center for Militære Studier contains assumptions about military and political circumstances regarding threat from Russia, might be consisting of older discourses, that might not be justified in this particular case. It creates different identities for Russia and the Western world that frames Russia as a nation willing to use military power to take back former Soviet territory back, and the Westernworld as a more passive character. Furthermore several cases of discourses rendering cooperation between Russia and the Western world as impossible, is a “taken for granted” way. These assumptions could be explained by looking in former discursive practices, as with Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy who in the same style of “taken for granted” states a number of the named discourses, regarding Russia. Thus concluding that the discoursive practices in Center for Military Studies report, could be influenced by remnants of solutions and discourses created for different situations.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 jan. 2016
VejlederePeter Triantafillou


  • Discourse
  • Politics