Reinventing Human Security: Lessons from Chinggis Khan’s Biography
The concept of human security has enjoyed some prominence in development and security studies/policy, especially within several Asian nations. While criticized as too broad for policy application, human security can also be faulted as excessively dependent on direct or indirect state (state-centric) action. An alternative approach is to re-formulate human security as human-centered, or ‘anthrocentric.’ From this perspective, human security’s core concern of ‘safety of individuals’ is refined as ‘Prolong Life, Postpone Death,’ with the individual mortality event as the ultimate and inevitable security failure. By examining the historical biography of Chinggis Khan a full array of security inputs can be identified, and a working (and quantifiable) theory of human life security can be derived.
China in Eurasia: Revisiting BRI amidst the Russia-Ukraine Crisis
This paper discusses China’s trade and connectivity plans under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the Eurasian region and the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Chinese […]
Promise And Peril In The Caucasus
America’s national security bureaucracy separates the Caucasus and the Middle East into different bureaus, with Central Asia in yet another office. This is part of the reason the U.S. has […]
Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.
The issue isn’t what Sweden says or does but what the United States does or fails to do on the ground in Syria that matters for Turkey’s national security interests. […]
TURKISH QUAGMIRE: WHY TURKEY BLOCKS SWEDEN’S NATO ACCESSION
Turkey was bound to have issues with Sweden and its pro-Kurdish stance, and singled out Sweden because of its longstanding commitment to Kurdish aspirations. However, it is the continued US […]
The State of the Russian Oil Price Caps
At the G20 Meeting in February, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen took a victory lap for the two rounds of oil price caps imposed on Russia since December last year. Yellen argued […]
Rysslands dubbelspel med islamistiska terrorister
Introduction: (Article in Swedish) I flera artiklar har Kvartal tagit upp märkliga omständigheter kring terroristen Rakhmat Akilov, inte minst de faktum att en sajt med misstänkt koppling till ryska säkerhetstjänster i ett tidigt […]