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.
Religion and the Secular State in Kyrgyzstan
Summary Since independence, religion has become ever more important as an identity marker in Kyrgyzstan, with increased practical relevance in the everyday lives of many citizens. This religious revival poses […]
Russia and the CIS in 2019: Relying on the Chinese Way
ABSTRACT The paper examines the relationship between Russia and the other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, including how Moscow’s responses to changing geopolitical dynamics framed these relations in […]