Evolution of the Post-Soviet Russia Perception in the U.S.

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2017-61-3-68-75
S. Kostyaev (i993kss@mail.ru),
Financial University, 49, Leningradskii Prosp., Moscow 125993, Russian Federation; Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences (INION RAS), 15, bld. 2, Krzhizhanovskogo Str., Moscow 117218, Russian Federation


Abstract. The research problem addressed by this article is the causes for negative Russia’s image in the U.S. and its subsequent worsening. The research methods applied by the author include: firstly, the analysis of public opinion in the U.S. (Pew Research Center polls, Gallup, etc.); secondly, the analysis of American media (TV networks – ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC, Fox News; newspapers – The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal; Internet media – the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Politico, etc.); thirdly, the analysis of foreign lobbies (Russian, Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, Georgian, Ukrainian, etc.); fourthly, the analysis of Russia’s domestic and foreign policies and their ramifications for its image in the U.S. (foreign policies – Russia’s conflict relations with Ukraine and Georgia; domestic policies – human rights violations, Chechen war in 1990s, Russia’s government default in 1998, etc.). The theory tested by the author is comprised of the following concepts: the dependent variable is Russia’s image in the U.S. (as measured by the Pew Research Center from 2007 to 2015), independent variables are Russia’s above mentioned domestic and foreign policies (endogenous factor), the American public opinion, the American media, foreign lobbies (exogenous factors). The hypothesis of the research is that Russia’s image in the U.S. is mainly influenced by endogenous factors. The finding of the research is that the above mentioned dependent variable is influenced mainly by certain types of endogenous factors like the mismatch in political regimes and the level of conflict (domestic and international). 

Keywords: image, public opinion, media, Russian Federation, USA, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, lobbying, interest groups, foreign policy, domestic policy 


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Kostyaev S. Evolution of the Post-Soviet Russia Perception in the U.S.. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2017, vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 68-75. https://doi.org/10.20542/0131-2227-2017-61-3-68-75

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