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Simons, G. (2019). Crisis in 21st Century Political Warfare. Moscow: Valdai Club Foundation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Crisis in 21st Century Political Warfare
2019 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, pages
Moscow: Valdai Club Foundation, 2019. p. 14
Series
Valdai Papers ; 105
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390222 (URN)
Available from: 2019-08-07 Created: 2019-08-07 Last updated: 2019-08-15Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2019). Digital Communication Disrupting Hegemonic Power in Global Geopolitics: New Media Shape New World Order. Russia in Global Affairs, 17(2), 108-130
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital Communication Disrupting Hegemonic Power in Global Geopolitics: New Media Shape New World Order
2019 (English)In: Russia in Global Affairs, ISSN 1810-6374, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 108-130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The role of digital communication has been given a lot of credit and influence in its presumed power to bring about change in society, on a local or national or global level. When this presumed power for change or disruption is applied to the existing world order, there is a more nuanced outcome. In the current global order, the United States remains the unipolar hegemonic power. However, it is becoming visibly weakened, much of the harm coming from the results of its own foreign policy actions that are more guided by values and norms, rather than interest. Digital communication plays a role in both defending the current world order and challenging it. It is done in a way that renders the traditional restraints and constraints of geopolitics impotent by making space and time irrelevant, and by opening up the potential for creating global networks and relationships.

National Category
Media Studies Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-389906 (URN)
Available from: 2019-07-31 Created: 2019-07-31 Last updated: 2019-08-16Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2019). Introduction: the image of Islam in Russia. Religion, State and Society, 47(2), 174-179
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: the image of Islam in Russia
2019 (English)In: Religion, State and Society, ISSN 0963-7494, E-ISSN 1465-3974, Vol. 47, no 2, p. 174-179Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Russia has a long, complicated and, at times, contradictory relationship with Islam and Muslims. Islam is classified as one of the ‘traditional’ religions, along with Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. Throughout Russia’s history across the centuries, the efforts by the state and Muslims to define their relationship have led to contradictory outcomes. This special issue grew out of a conference that took place in 2016, seeking to explore the complicated nature of the image of Islam in Russia from a multidisciplinary perspective. A collection of six contributions explore how Islam is viewed and projected in the public and media sphere in contemporary Russia, including state attempts to ‘manage’ the development of Islam, initiatives to transform the public image of Muslims and the charitable work of a mosque at the local level.

Keywords
Islamic identities, Russia, 'Native' Islam, Muslim community, political and security threats
National Category
Political Science Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-380127 (URN)10.1080/09637494.2019.1587936 (DOI)000462033200002 ()
Available from: 2019-03-25 Created: 2019-03-25 Last updated: 2019-05-06Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2019). Islam, society and politics in Central Asia [Review]. Religion, State and Society, 47(2), 283-285
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Islam, society and politics in Central Asia
2019 (English)In: Religion, State and Society, ISSN 0963-7494, E-ISSN 1465-3974, Vol. 47, no 2, p. 283-285Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-380130 (URN)10.1080/09637494.2019.1592395 (DOI)000462033200009 ()
Available from: 2019-03-25 Created: 2019-03-25 Last updated: 2019-05-06Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2019). Russia in the Middle East: (Re)Emergence of a New Geopolitical Shatter Belt?. In: Russia’s Policy in Syria and the Middle East: Determination, Delight, and Disappointment (pp. 28-35). Central Asia Progam, George Washington University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Russia in the Middle East: (Re)Emergence of a New Geopolitical Shatter Belt?
2019 (English)In: Russia’s Policy in Syria and the Middle East: Determination, Delight, and Disappointment, Central Asia Progam, George Washington University , 2019, p. 28-35Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Central Asia Progam, George Washington University, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-374271 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-18 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-01-24Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (Ed.). (2019). The Image of Islam in Russia. Taylor & Francis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Image of Islam in Russia
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Editors’ introduction: This special issue of Religion, State & Society is on ‘The Image of Islam in Russia’. We have been pleased to work with our guest editor Dr Greg Simons of Uppsala University in Sweden. Muslims in Russia take a wide range of approaches to expressing, institutionalising, and politically mobilising around Islam. These are furthermore negotiated with, resisted, managed, or refracted by the Russian state in varied ways, leading to a fascinating interplay at the intersection of this journal’s interests in religion, state, and society.

/Daniel Nilsson DeHanas & Marat Shterin

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Series
Religion, State and Society, ISSN 0963-7494, E-ISSN 1465-3974 ; 47(2)
National Category
Political Science Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-380129 (URN)
Note

Guest editor for special issue of Religion, State & Society (ISSN: 0963-7494, EISSN: 1465-3974) Volume 47, 2019 - Issue 2: The Image of Islam in Russia

https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/47/2?nav=tocList 

Available from: 2019-03-25 Created: 2019-03-25 Last updated: 2019-03-25Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. & Strovsky, D. (2019). The interaction of journalism and public relations in Russia: A self-perception. Global Media and Communication, 15(1), 3-25
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The interaction of journalism and public relations in Russia: A self-perception
2019 (English)In: Global Media and Communication, ISSN 1742-7665, E-ISSN 1742-7673, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 3-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is an increasing amount written on the decline of professional journalism around the world. One of the factors that are used to illustrate the decline of journalism is the interaction and collaboration between journalists and public relations (PR) practitioners in the production of mass media news content. On a theoretical and conceptual level, the aims and goals of the two professions are quite different, even though there are a number of superficial similarities between these forms of mass communication. Studies of the interaction between journalism and PR in the United States reveal a certain underlying tension, yet simultaneous mutual dependency. An indicative survey was conducted across different cities in the Russian Federation to understand the perception of professional journalists and PR practitioners on the current level of interaction between their professions. The answers were remarkably similar and reveal a deep concern for the direction of journalism, which many viewed as being subordinated to PR.

National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-370124 (URN)10.1177/1742766518818855 (DOI)000461792800001 ()
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2019-05-07Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2019). Western imaginings: the intellectual contest to define Wahhabism [Review]. Religion, State and Society, 47(2), 282-283
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Western imaginings: the intellectual contest to define Wahhabism
2019 (English)In: Religion, State and Society, ISSN 0963-7494, E-ISSN 1465-3974, Vol. 47, no 2, p. 282-283Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-378696 (URN)10.1080/09637494.2019.1586399 (DOI)000462033200008 ()
Available from: 2019-03-08 Created: 2019-03-08 Last updated: 2019-04-17Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2018). Book review of Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation, from 1470 to the Present, By Serhii Plokhy, New York: Basic Books, 2017. Pp. xiii, 398, ISBN 978–0–465–09849–1 [Review]. Michigan War Studies Review, Article ID 066.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Book review of Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation, from 1470 to the Present, By Serhii Plokhy, New York: Basic Books, 2017. Pp. xiii, 398, ISBN 978–0–465–09849–1
2018 (English)In: Michigan War Studies Review, ISSN 1930-045X, article id 066Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
History and Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-369484 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2018-12-17Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2018). Brand ISIS: Interactions of the Tangible and Intangible Environments. Journal of Political Marketing, 17(4), 322-353
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Brand ISIS: Interactions of the Tangible and Intangible Environments
2018 (English)In: Journal of Political Marketing, ISSN 1537-7857, E-ISSN 1537-7865, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 322-353Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates how the infamous terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) uses branding and political marketing as means to increase their intangible value and assets in order to influence their tangible (operational) capacities. In order to investigate the logic of a terrorist organization as a political actor a perspective of political communication is applied as a means to understand more clearly the propaganda of the word and the propaganda of the deed. A systematic communication approach is used to raise awareness of the ISIS brand in order to differentiate the organization and to create a greater sense of credibility and authenticity in an increasingly crowded marketplace of terrorist organizations seeking for attention, support, and fear. Aspects of political marketing are used in order to create sets of relationships of attraction and avoidance with different target audiences. The 15 issues of the magazine Dabiq are examined and analyzed within this approach. However, intangible communication and tangible realities do affect each other. This is evident when there is a swing from military victories to military defeats, which impacts on the quality and quantity of communicational materials produced by ISIS.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Keywords
branding, Islamic state, political marketing, propaganda, terrorism and political relationships
National Category
Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-362057 (URN)10.1080/15377857.2018.1501928 (DOI)000469927000002 ()
Available from: 2018-09-29 Created: 2018-09-29 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved
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