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‘Propaganda Fights’ and ‘Disinformation Campaigns’: The Discourse on Information Warfare in Russia-West Relations

Baumann, Mario (2020) ‘Propaganda Fights’ and ‘Disinformation Campaigns’: The Discourse on Information Warfare in Russia-West Relations. Contemporary Politics, . ISSN 1356-9775. (doi:10.1080/13569775.2020.1728612) (KAR id:80661)


This article scrutinizes the role of discourses on the manipulative use of information for Russia-West relations. Discourses on so-called information warfare have gained prevalence in the public and political debate both in the West and in Russia. Applying a poststructuralist framework, the comparative analysis discusses how these discourses work respectively in each country, how they interact, and what this interaction implies for Russia-West relations. While the contemporary discourses facilitate a confrontational stance of both Russia and the West towards the respective Other, it is argued, first, that these dispositions are malleable. On the long run, Russia-West relations are thus not condemned to remain hostile. Secondly, both sides still speak to some extent the same language. However, if the current cool down prevails, this common discursive ground may fade and give way to more fundamental confrontational stances. Finally, by revealing each other’s contingency, discourses in both countries make it appear less natural which interpretation is “true” or “right”.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13569775.2020.1728612
Uncontrolled keywords: Discourse Analysis, Poststructuralism, Comparative Research, Russia-West Relations, Information Warfare, Identity
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Mario Baumann
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2020 16:29 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 00:20 UTC
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