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The influence of identities on national interests: the case of Russia's security policy



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Morales Hernández, Javier (2006) The influence of identities on national interests: the case of Russia's security policy. In 47th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), 22-25 Mar 2006, San Diego, California, EE.UU.. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this paper is to assess the ability of a systemic approach like social
constructivism to explain security policy, in comparison to theories at the state or individual
level like those in Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). Here I focus on one of the basic tenets of
constructivism, the constitutive relation between identities and interests, taking the analysis of
Russian security policy as a case of study. After reviewing some of the main works on this
subject, I conclude that progress has been hindered by the constructivist dismissal of agency in
favour of structure as well as by the ambiguity of the concept of identity. Therefore, I propose to
take the role conceptions of decision-makers as the base for a convergence between
constructivism and FPA’s more “traditional” approaches.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Rusia; Identidad; Interés nacional; Política exterior; Seguridad nacional; Constructivismo
Subjects:Social sciences > Political science > International relations
ID Code:6366
Deposited On:25 Jun 2007
Last Modified:06 Feb 2014 07:48

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