Nato’s Securitization Process as Identity Formation and Cultural System

  • Giovanni Ercolani University of Murcia


This paper gazes at the recent US Army and NATO operation ‘Dragoon Ride’ (20 March – 1 April 2015) which was performed in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine (March 2014). It argues that the aim of this military exercise, which has been fabricated and staged as a security ritual, is to interpellate the NATO citizen. However, this security ritual is to be understood inside the transformational process which NATO has initiated after the implosion of the Soviet Union in order to survive in the new global insecurity environment as a power-knowledge-security structure. At the end the paper shows that NATO while it is developing a ‘comprehensive’ securitization discourse in which the existential threat is not only a non-military threat, at the end it plays the same Cold War emotional card of a Russian military attack to NATO’s nations.

Author Biography

Giovanni Ercolani, University of Murcia

Giovanni Ercolani is Thesis Adviser for the "Peace Operations Training Institute" (USA). A Doctor in Political Science and Oriental Studies (Turkish studies), both from the University of Roma ("La Sapienza", Italy), he holds a M.A. in Politics and Government (St. John’s University, New York, USA), a Master in Social Anthropology (University of Murcia, Spain), and a Ph.D. in International Relations and Security Studies (Nottingham Trent University, UK). Previously, Dr. Ercolani served at the NATO COMLANDSOUTHEAST HQ in Izmir, Turkey, and has been a Research Associate at the "Scottish Centre for International Security" at the University of Aberdeen (UK). Dr. Ercolani has been lecturing on international security issues, and cultural and political anthropology in Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, France, Slovenia, Romania, Albania, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Brazil and China. He is a specialist in Social and Political Anthropology, Political Science, Security Studies, Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution, CIMIC operations, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, and Contemporary History. And he is a regional expert on Turkey. Dr. Ercolani is Fellow of the "Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland" (UK), and member (elected) of the "Royal Institute of International Affairs" ("Chatham House", London. UK).


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How to Cite
ERCOLANI, Giovanni. Nato’s Securitization Process as Identity Formation and Cultural System. Култура/Culture, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 13, p. 20-31, nov. 2016. ISSN 1857-7725. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 07 may 2021.
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