Russia’s View on Obama’s Presidency: From Hope to Disappointment
During Obama’s presidency the Russian–American relations changed dramatically, from the reset to the worst crises since the end of the Cold War. All the factors that influence the process of mutual perception became unambiguously negative. This forms the basis for the “war of images” that is one of the main characteristics of the current crisis. Russia has been experiencing the highest level of anti-Americanism since the end of the Cold War. The main purpose of this chapter is to address these issues on the base of the social constructivist approach which gives us an opportunity for better understanding of the role of the American “other” in the contemporary Russian identity discourse. At the center of the authors’ analysis, which relies on expert and academic publications, political and journalistic texts, as well as visual images of Obama in Russia, are both the reality of politics and the process of image construction.