Nato’s Securitization Process as Identity Formation and Cultural System
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.
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