Identity Discourse within a Geopolitical Crisis

The Case of Lithuania

  • Justinas Lingevicius Vilnius University
Keywords: Discourse Analysis, Identity, Lithuania, NATO, Russia, Security

Abstract

The annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 dramatically changed routine practices and perceptions about Lithuania’s foreign policy agenda. The threat to this small state’s security marked a new era of active searching for self-definition and policy direction. The article aims to analyse the dominant tendencies of Lithuania’s identity in foreign and security policy after 2014. Lithuania is selected precisely because of its vocal reaction and concerns after the annexation of Crimea. This article analyses speeches, comments and statements made within contemporary political discourse by key political leaders in Lithuania’s foreign and security policy. It argues that – in light of potential military threat – political leaders advocate for increased self-responsibility and readiness to act as the relations with their respective partners remain both crucial and complicated.

Author Biography

Justinas Lingevicius, Vilnius University

Justinas Lingevicius holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Vilnius University, Lithuania. He has analysed Lithuania’s identity and foreign and security policy since 2013 and published several articles on the issue.

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Published
2020-03-27
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Lingevicius, J. (2020). Identity Discourse within a Geopolitical Crisis: The Case of Lithuania. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 44, 26-43. https://doi.org/10.22151/politikon.44.2
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