Department of Political Science

Jonas Gejl Pedersen

MSc, Social Sciences and History, PhD Student

Jonas Gejl Pedersen

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I am a PhD Candidate specialized in Russian foreign policy. Currently, I am finalizing my dissertation The Russian Quest for Ontological Security examining the role of the Kosovo and Ukraine crisis for the reconstruction of Russia’s post-Soviet national identity. I expect to hand in the dissertation by November 2018. 

Research: My research focuses on the dynamic interrelation between national identity and foreign policy in Russia after the Cold War. In particular, how foreign policy crises have been used by Russian elites to fundamentally reconstruct national identity and subsequently revise foreign policy. With regard to my analysis of subsequent revisions of Russian foreign policy, I focus on how Russian foreign political decision-makers’ understandings of ‘modern warfare’ and ‘disinformation’ have changed after, respectively, the Kosovo and Ukraine crisis.

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