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Exploring the Construction of Threats: The securitization of HIV/AIDS in Russia
Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för freds- och konfliktforskning.
2008 (Engelska)Ingår i: Security Dialogue, ISSN 0967-0106, E-ISSN 1460-3640, Vol. 39, nr 1, s. 7-29Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

In April 2006, Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly declared HIV/ AIDS to be a threat to Russia's national security and proposed a guiding strategy to handle it. This move stood in sharp contrast to previous policies of the Russian government. Despite the fact that Russia has experienced one of the fastest growing rates of HIV/AIDS in the world since the turn of the millennium, the government's involvement had previously been minimal, not recognizing AIDS as a national security threat. The question then arises: when is a threat really threatening? This article contributes to the development of theories on threat-framing and security decisionmaking by suggesting an analytical framework that incorporates explanatory variables from different levels of analysis. The adoption of a broad theoretical position facilitates a comprehensive understanding of time and space variations in the securitization of issues. The article demonstrates that norms and identity constructions at the international and domestic levels, combined with their internalization by individual decisionmakers, can together explain Putin's move, and that these factors are of different importance at difference stages of the threat-construction process.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
2008. Vol. 39, nr 1, s. 7-29
Nyckelord [en]
HIV/AIDS, Identity, Internalization, Norms, Russia
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Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98682DOI: 10.1177/0967010607086821ISI: 000253378000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98682DiVA, id: diva2:201001
Tillgänglig från: 2009-03-02 Skapad: 2009-03-02 Senast uppdaterad: 2022-01-28Bibliografiskt granskad
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1. Talking Threats: The Social Construction of National Security in Russia and the United States
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Talking Threats: The Social Construction of National Security in Russia and the United States
2010 (Engelska)Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

Why are some issues seen as threats? This dissertation attempts to explain the dynamics of threat construction by national decision-makers. The theoretical ambition is twofold: first, the dissertation aims at improving the research on threat construction by suggesting a broad approach that analyzes this process in a structured manner. Second, the dissertation also contributes to the more mainstream International Relations security research agenda, which often under-problematizes this issue. The point of departure is that the link between a condition (e.g. structure) and threat framing (e.g. agency) is not to be taken for granted, and that threat construction is subjective and varies among actors.  This assertion is supported by the findings of the dissertation’s component parts. Essay I finds that US security doctrines such as the Truman and Bush doctrines are not routine responses to external threats but rather the natural continuation of a political and societal discourse in which certain norms and identities interact. Essay II finds that a condition that could lay the foundation for a threat construction does not necessarily evoke such a reaction, such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Russia. Essay III demonstrates the opposite situation; that a securitization can take place although the contextual conditions do not necessarily point toward such a move, such as US President Clinton’s declaration that AIDS is a threat to the national security of the United States. Essay IV proposes a framework that incorporates explanatory factors from the international, the domestic, and the individual levels of analysis. Such a framework allows for a more refined analysis which better captures the contingent relationships between factors. Taken together, the findings of this dissertation indicate that the correlations between conditions and threat constructions are intricate, and that the explanation of a securitization lies in the interaction of certain social and cognitive processes.

 

 

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Uppsala: Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, 2010. s. 47
Serie
Report / Department of Peace and Conflict Research, ISSN 0566-8808 ; 91
Nyckelord
threat images, security, securitization, norms, ideas, HIV/AIDS
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Tvärvetenskapliga studier inom samhällsvetenskap Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)
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Freds- och konfliktforskning
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-130585 (URN)978-91-506-2158-7 (ISBN)
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2010-11-27, Universitetshuset, Sal IX, Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala, 10:15 (Engelska)
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Tillgänglig från: 2010-11-04 Skapad: 2010-09-09 Senast uppdaterad: 2022-01-28Bibliografiskt granskad

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