Political imagery and the Russia-Germany-America triangle

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The material dimension of Russian foreign and domestic policy is accompanied by one of images and performativity. The Putin regime has affective-emotional and instrumental motives. Its main target audience is the Russian public. Its principal adversary is the United States. The decisive external audience is the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), a pluralist entity that is also concerned with past and present images of itself. Politics in this critical international triangle is infused with theatrical, mediatized, and psychological elements, and the (re)construction of national and individual personae.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-156
Number of pages21
JournalNationalities Papers
Issue number1
Early online date11 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

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  • affect
  • Germany
  • instrumentality
  • personae
  • political imagery
  • Russia
  • USA


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