The author argues that the security situation of the Baltic countries cannot be separated from the way the Balts themselves speak of security. This is a discourse of danger producing insecurity in pursuit of security. Moreover, this article is a study of identity by demonstrating how Baltic security issues are constituted by discourses of danger revolving around Russian Otherness and European Sameness. In conclusion, the following aspects are addressed: the prospects for the coming together of East and West in the Baltic Sea Region – and NATO’s role in this process – and whether this process will come to ease with a parallel between sovereignty and regionality as organising principles for political space, or whether the one will succumb to the other in the course of a prolonged contest.
Baltic states, European sameness, identity, NATO, regionality, Russian otherness, securitization, sovereignty
"Securitizing Russia: Discursive Practices of the Baltic States,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 7:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol7/iss2/2