BOOK REVIEW Elizaveta Gaufman. 2017. Security Threats and Public Perception. Digital Russia and the Ukraine Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan, USA, 222 pp., ISBN 978-3-319-43201-4

Roxana OLTEANU
2019 Europolity: Continuity and Change in European Governance  
In the last decades, a vast array of academic papers has been devoted to the analysis of Russia's behaviour on the international arena and to the triggers of its perception on security. The explanatory field expanded from approaches based on the psychology of the leader to historical perspectives, media and communication studies or international relations viewpoints. In this diverse academic landscape, Security Threats and Public Perception, written by Elizaveta Gaufman, delivers an
more » ... vers an interdisciplinary and audacious analysis on Moscow's perspective on security. Currently working as a lecturer for the University of Tubingen, Gaufman published her volume in 2017, as a continuation of her doctoral research. Despite its recent release, the book already received positive reviews from influential researchers of the former Soviet space, such as Andrei Tsygankov, who referred to it in commendatory terms. Security Threats and Public Perception is an attempt to map the security narrative of Russia, balancing between how threats are built and magnified, how history and collective fears nourish the security narrative and what sort of conditions are required from such a narrative to be accepted by an audience. To answer to this sort of questions, Gaufman provides an analysis based on three different
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