Critical Geopolitics In Russian Foreign Policy: The Geography Of Federal Assembly Addresse

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The goal of this study is to research mapping the geopolitics of Russia on the basis of the Presidential
addresses (Addresses) to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for the period 2011-2016. The
study reveals changes in Russian geopolitics in 2011-2016, and establishes the relationship between the
civilizational identity of the Russian Federation and its participation in integration processes, both in the
Eurasian space and on a global scale. The objects of the formal analysis of documents were the Addresses
of the President of the Russian Federation to the Federal Assembly for the 2011-2016 period. The research
was conducted on the basis of the traditional method of document analysis, quantitative corpus-based
content analysis of the Addresses in 2011-2016, and analysis of the event series. The subject areas of the
study were integration and identity (the main directions of Russian regional policy). The authors concluded
that the Addresses can provide data for establishing the changes and shifts of Russian geopolitics, that are
analyzed in-depth for the period of 2011-2016, and play an important role in constructing the perception of
Russian civilizational identity. The results of the study clearly show, that while the domestic issues clearly
dominate in the 2011-2016 Addresses, the foreign policy is addressed consistently, and within the period
in question Russia's number one priority in international matters remains the same: strengthening
cooperation within the framework of the Eurasian space.

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