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Narratives in the Russian media of conflict and cooperation in the Arctic

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Ekaterina Klimenko, Dr Annika Nilsson and Dr Miyase Christensen
Publisher: SIPRI
August, 2019

The Arctic has been narrated as both a region of cooperation and a region of conflict. This paper presents an analysis of how three Russian newspapers (Rossiyakaya Gazeta, Izvestiya and Novaya Gazeta) reported on the Arctic region between 2007 and 2016. The aim of the analysis is to provide a foundation for a discussion of Russian perceptions of conflict and cooperation in the Arctic in a decade when the desecuritization and peaceful cooperation that began in the late 1980s and early 1990s was challenged by a combination of changes to the physical environment and a shifting geopolitical landscape. The paper also explores how Russia’s narratives of conflict and cooperation fit into narratives about the region that have emerged in the international media. Last, the paper discusses what Russian media narratives can tell us about the priorities and future trends of Russia’s Arctic policy.

Contents

I. Introduction

II. Background: Russia and the Arctic

III. Methodology

IV. Results 

V. Discussion and conclusions

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)/EDITORS

Ekaterina Klimenko is a Researcher in the Russia and Euro-Eurasian Security Programme and the Coordinator for Conflict, Peace and Security at SIPRI.
Dr Annika Nilsson is a Researcher at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; and Professor-II at the Nordland Research Institute, Norway.
Dr Miyase Christensen is a Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Stockholm University; and Guest Professor at the Division of Philosophy and History of Technology, Science and Environment—Philosophy and History, the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.