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Truslen fra Rusland: Hvordan forsvarsforliget 2018 blev legitimeret i medierne

Student thesis: Diploma Thesis

  • Jakob Holst Christoffersen
Afgangsprojekt, (Diploma)
This study is an examination of the perceived threat from Russia in the Danish public sphere in the years prior to the Danish defense agreement in 2018. The study draws on theoretical insights from the securitization theory with a mix of quantitative and qualitative methodology with the aim to examine the amount and discursive character of the threat rhetoric in the Danish media by the Danish security elites. The study argues that Russia in the period 2012- 2018 was
increasingly securitized by Danish security elites to a level where Danish
politicians in the months prior to the adoption of the defense agreement had the legitimacy to make an increase in defense spending. The study also reveals that much of the threat rhetoric correlated with national and international events, where Russian and allied activities influenced the Danish sphere of interest, e.g. Russian nuclear threats on Danish naval vessels or the election of President
Donald Trump. Furthermore, the study showed that not only was Russia securitized in the period, the Danish security sphere was intensively expanded.
Whereas the threat on Denmark in 2012 was international terrorism and cyberattacks, Denmark had in 2017 perceived threats in both the Arctic, Eastern Europe, the Kaliningrad Region, cyberspace and from international and domestic
terrorism, which also is a plausible cause of an increase in defense spending. This study provides an interesting perspective in how perceived threats are linked
to security policy. In a democracy, politicians must pay attention legitimization
processes in order to adopt certain policies, and this study shows how it might had happened in 2018.
LanguageDanish
Publication date8 Nov 2018
Number of pages87
Publishing institutionHærens Officersskole
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