GAME CHANGERS: THE FACTOR OF NATO AND UKRAINE’S NATIONAL IDENTITY TRANSFORMATION

The nature of relations between Ukraine as a social and political agent and NATO as a security community is based on a complex structure of behavioural norms, frames, and values. A number of those, inherent to NATO, have been incorporated by Ukraine through its intensive discursive practices with the Alliance. The latter caused sufficient changes in Ukraine’s national identity on different levels. Triggered by the Russian aggression, Ukrainian public once again has prioritised NATO as the state’s ontological security issue. However, a question remains: What is the best possible way to use this transformation?

The nature of relations between Ukraine as a social and political agent and NATO as a security community is based on a complex structure of behavioural norms, frames, and values. A number of those, inherent to NATO, have been incorporated by Ukraine through its intensive discursive practices with the Alliance. The latter caused sufficient changes in Ukraine’s national identity on different levels. Triggered by the Russian aggression, Ukrainian public once again has prioritised NATO as the state’s ontological security issue. However, a question remains: What is the best possible way to use this transformation?
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Olga Vasylchenko

Olga Vasylchenko is a PhD student at the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her research interests are focused on informational and psychological security, conflict regulation, semiotics of political discourse, memory and identity politics.


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