Understanding the cultural effect of identity politics on national security

19.09.2018, Warsaw.

The changes happening in the world, which are fueled by the exponential growth of technology, lead to a constant increase of complexity. And the more complex the world becomes, the more important the role of national security becomes, since it alleviates fear among the general population, and it provides a framework to achieve long-term goals. In such situations, fostering a sense of security among the general population cannot just be reduced to having a strong military or a robust government. In fact, the rise of right-wing populism despite a situation of economic growth, in Germany or Austria for example, shows that having a stable economy and government is not nearly enough. Culture itself becomes a political factor. The cultural environment not only shapes “the incentives for different kinds of state behavior but also the basic character of states – state ‘identity’” (Katzenstein 1996). Hence the analysis of the cultural environment becomes increasingly important in defining national security. This is even more pressing during our times of global uncertainty and increasing global instability.
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Essence of Time. Chapter 14

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(Links to previous Chapters are available here: Volume I and Chapters 1112, 13)

May 3, 2011.

PART ONE. ACTIVITY.

In this program, I will return to the activities of AKSIO, the Agency for Cultural and Social Research of the Society, because the survey that we have discussed in our previous programs has been completed. Not only has it been completed, but it has already been processed. And a group of sociologists led by Yulia Sergeevna Krizhanskaya has presented the survey’s results. The people who conducted it now all know that this work did not sink into oblivion, that it did not evaporate, but brought about a certain practical result. I will discuss this result discussed in the first part of our program: Activity. Because this is important, because it is not every day that we get results like these, and because these results are rather significant.
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Essence of Time. Chapter 13

(Links to previous Chapters are available here: Volume I and Chapters 11, 12)

April 26, 2011.

PART ONE. ACTIVITY

We have conducted a sociological study as part of “AKSIO (Agency for Cultural and Social Studies of Society), the second area of activity out of the twelve that we are engaged in. Here are the intermediate results.
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A new word in anti-Russian hysteria: Russia’s secret ideology and the almighty agents of the KGB

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 “Whispered codes” – feel the sinister security agency style of Putin’s policies… Evil KGB officers hiding the true reasons behind their actions not only from the common people, but even from uninformed members of the elite!
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Essence of Time. Volume I

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This is the translation of the first ten chapters from the book Essence of Time. Each one of them contains Sergey Kurginyan’s thoughts about the essence of our time, about its metaphysics, its dialectics, and their reflection in the key aspects of relevant Russian and global politics. The central theme of the series is the search for paths and mechanisms to escape the systemic and global dead end for all humanity in all of its dimensions: from the metaphysical to the gnoseological, ethical, and anthropological. Thus, to escape the sociopolitical, technological, and economical dead end.

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