Perception and Misperception in U.S.-Russian Relations

Black, Abigail, Slavic Languages and Literatures - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Lynch, Allen, Department of Politics, University of Virginia
Urbanovich, Yuri, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia

The contemporary political relationship between the United States and Russia is a contentious one, the nature of which cannot be explained solely as the result of objective decision-making. Rather, many of the interactions that have taken place between the two in the last century and a half have operated based on subjective factors such as perception and ideological bias. This research explores major events in the history of Russian-American relations through the lens of constructivism and political psychology, in order to determine the extent to which perception has influenced the outcome of these events.

MA (Master of Arts)
Russia, United States, perception, US foreign policy , international politics, US-Russian relations, constructivism, political psychology
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