- Christina Jensen
The analysis is based in pieces of communication from each government. From the Reagan-administration is four pieces of communication: two speeches by President Reagan, one speech from Secretary of Defense, Weinberger, and one speech from Secretary of State, Shultz. From the Obama-administration is six pieces of communication – two from each representative. The representatives of the Obama-administration are President Obama, Secretary of Defense, Carter, and Secretary of State, Kerry. Critical Discourse Analysis is the theoretical framework used for analyzing the pieces of communication.
The thesis found that there were some similarities is how Russia and the Soviet Union was portrayed, but the Obama-administration was portraying Russia in a less aggressive manner compared to how the Reagan-administration portrayed the Soviet Union through its communication. Furthermore, the Obama-administration is more covert in its negative portrayal of Russia compared to the Reagan-administration.
The Reagan-administration is definitely expressing Cold War mentality and it is evident through its communication. It can certainly be argued that the Obama-administration also to some extent expresses Cold War mentality in its communication regarding the Syrian conflict and the growing threat Russia pose to European security, though it is not evident such as the case was with the Reagan-administration. There are however some indicators of Cold War mentality present, such as the negative portrayal of Russia. On the other hand, it can also be questioned, whether the negative portrayal of Russia is an expression of Cold War mentality, because other indicators of Cold War mentality such as the bipolar thinking is not evident in the Obama-administration’s communication.
|Udgivelsesdato||31 maj 2016|