This work examines changing Soviet and Russian press coverage of the United States from the emergence of Mikhail Gorbachev through the re-election victory of Boris Yeltsin as Russian president in 1996 and onward to the Putin era. Becker argues that due to the absence of a language to support the reform strategy, the Soviet press presented positive images of its chief idelogical and military opponent, the United States, as a means of supporting political, social and economic reform. He suggests that the end of the Cold War and the emrgence of a more self-confident Russia means that the symbolic and discursive significance of the United States for Russia has diminished.
JONATHAN A. BECKER is Dean of International Studies, Bard College, New York, USA. He previously was the Assistant Vice President and Assistant Professor at the Central European University in Budapest. He has taught at Yale University and Wesleyan University. He received his doctorate from St. Antony's College, Oxford in 1993.