Just got back to Ottawa. In lieu of a post, here’s a link to my latest academic article, which was published online by Europe-Asia Studies today. Apparently, there’s free access for the first 50 downloads.
This article analyses the political rhetoric of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Scholars and journalists have devoted considerable space to discussing Putin’s policies, but have paid little attention to his political speeches, often assuming that he is purely a pragmatist and that his rhetoric is therefore of little interest. This article argues that a comprehensive analysis of rhetoric helps to reveal Putin’s political and ideological orientation. To do so, the article carries out a systematic examination of Putin’s political speeches and interviews, and shows that Putin has demonstrated an overall consistency in the general line of his views, albeit with certain changes within that line. Therefore his rhetoric is more than an instrument to confuse political opponents and should be taken seriously as an indication of Putin’s policy direction.