Policy Memos

Two Centuries of Russian-U.S. Relations: Internal Agendas and the Mutual Construction of Images

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03-2008

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The image of another country depends on a state’s internal agenda much more than we usually admit. Our knowledge of the life and values of the “other” is limited, so we tend to learn only about aspects of a foreign country that are relevant to our current problems. For instance, the United States never paid attention to civil rights problems in foreign countries until the civil rights movement in the United States succeeded in making that agenda the core of national debates. [...]

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European University at St. Petersburg