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NATO, Russia and the Discourse of Danger: Analysing the Rhetoric of NATO Secretary General A.F. Rasmussen

Tadas Ališauskas
  • Tadas Ališauskas obtained his master‘s degree of International Relations and Diplomacy at Vilnius University, Institute of International Relations and Political Science in 2015. He currently holds a position as Chief Officer at Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense. All views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and hold no affiliation with any government or other institution.
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Published Online: 2016-04-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lfpr-2016-0002


This article examines the political rhetoric of NATO Secretary General Anders F. Rasmussen during his term in office (2009–2014). The officially conducted public diplomacy of A. F. Rasmussen is analysed based on the poststructuralist theoretical assumptions in order to detect the manifestations of discourse of danger in NATO-Russia relations during the years 2009–2014.

The empirical data under review (official discourse of A. F. Rasmussen) is interpreted in the light of NATO–Russia relations by determining the main stages, dominating themes and discursive representations of these relations during the analysed period. Based on the tendencies in articulating dangers to NATO, this paper examines the Alliance’s position and its alternation vis-à-vis Russia in international system.

Keywords: Anders Fogh Rasmussen; discourse of danger; NATO-Russia relations; NATO Secretary General; threat perception

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Published Online: 2016-04-22

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Lithuanian Foreign Policy Review, Volume 34, Issue 1, Pages 34–60, ISSN (Online) 1822-9638, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lfpr-2016-0002.

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© 2015 Tadas Ališauskas, published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0

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