The concluding chapter returns to the ‘Trojan Horse’ affair, demonstrating
how it epitomises the mobilisation of the power identified in the book. The
chapter situates Prevent as central to understanding contemporary academic
and political debates regarding security, identity, community and the
expression of politics in the UK. Further, it locates Prevent as central to
an emerging security paradigm that seeks to map and secure the future, and
is mobilised outside of traditional security architectures, notably through
pastoral forms of power. In doing so, it outlines an analysis and a research
agenda that is crucial to understanding the present and future of security
policy in the UK.
This chapter explores the reasons for the state of surprise, sketching them out from the starting point of the significant impact of the collapse of the USSR on Western understandings of Russia. It also explores the practical ramifications for the decline of Russia as a political priority on the wider political stage. The chapter outlines some of the problems of the current mainstream discussion of Russia, which is drowning in a discourse of speculation and rumour, 'Putinology' and historical analogies. Despite the dominance of transitological/regime question approach and the perceived eccentricity of Kremlinology, for many it has remained a truism of Russian political life that the final decisions are made behind the closed doors of the Kremlin. In fact, the collapse of the USSR has had serious ramifications for the study of Russia in the West, resulting in a major reassessment of Soviet studies, often bitter and acrimonious.