With today’s social and geopolitical order in significant flux this project offers vital insight into the future global order by comparatively charting national media perceptions regarding the future of global competition, through the lens of Ontological Security (OS).
The authors employ a mixed-method approach to analyze 620 news articles from 47 Russian, Chinese, Venezuelan, and Iranian news sources over a five-year period (2014-2019), quantitatively comparing the drivers of their visions while providing in-depth qualitative case studies for each nation. Not only do these narratives reveal how these four nations understand the current global order, but also point to their (in)flexibility and agentic capacity for reflection in adapting, even shaping the future order, and their identity-roles within it, around an economic and diplomatic battleground. The authors argue these narratives create trajectories with inertial effects grounded in their OS needs, providing enduring insights into their behavior and interests moving into the future.
The Future of Global Coopetition will help readers understand how influential nations typical aligned in opposition to the US, envision the drivers of global competition and the make-up of the future international system. Those engaged in the study of media, global politics, international relations, and communication will find this book to be a critical source.
Table of Contents
1. The Future of Global Competition: Ontological Security and Narratives in Chinese, Iranian, Russian, and Venezuelan Media
2. Research Design: Narrative Ordering and Contestation of Global Order
3. Ontological Security Narratives in Chinese Media: Economic Anxieties and Cautious Optimism amidst Evolving Identities
4. Ontological Security Narratives in Russian Media: The Besieged Fortress Capable of Spectacular Foreign Campaigns
5. Ontological Security Narratives in Venezuelan Media: Imperial Sharks and Identity Attachments amidst a Collapsing Domestic Order
6. Ontological Security Narratives in Iranian Media: Narrative Plurality and Moral Righteousness in Defense of a Regional Islamic Order
7. Quantitative Comparisons and Drivers of Global Competition and Narratives of Global Order
8. Efficacy of Alternative Visions of Global Order: Agency, Reflexivity, and the Limits of Change
Robert S. Hinck is an assistant professor at Air University part of the US Air Force’s educational system. He has previously co-authored Global Media and Strategic Narratives of Contested Democracy: Chinese, Russian, and Arabic Media Narratives of the US Presidential Election (2019). His expertise is in rhetoric, strategic narrative, and political communication.
Asya Cooley is an assistant professor of Strategic Communications in the School of Media and Strategic Communications, at Oklahoma State University. Her research revolves around nonprofit communications and management, higher education management, and philanthropy.
Skye C. Cooley is an assistant professor in the School of Media and Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State University. His research centers on Russian political communication, global media and digital democracy, as well as developing and testing platforms for civic deliberation online. In 2019 he was a co-author of Global Media and Strategic Narratives of Contested Democracy: Chinese, Russian, and Arabic Media Narratives of the US Presidential Election (2019).
Sara R. Kitsch is an assistant professor at Air University part of the US Air Force’s educational system. Her research revolves around rhetorical theory and criticism, communication, strategic narratives, women’s and gender studies, and citizenship. She has published articles in Communication Quarterly, Southern Communication Journal, and Rhetoric and Public Affairs.
"In this vivid study, Robert Hinck, Asya Cooley, Skye Cooley and Sara Kitsch provide a mixed-methods illustration of the origins, and operation, of narratives in four crucial contemporary case settings. This well-organized, carefully and superbly written book provides a masterful blueprint for analyzing the dynamics of status, ontological security, and strategic narratives in a potentially emergent post-liberal world order."
Brent Steele, The University of Utah