Traditional and Non-Traditional Security Threats in Central Asia: Connecting the New and the Old
This article analyzes how traditional and non-traditional threats in Central Asia interact and reinforce each other. It argues that analysts need to overcome the intellectual separation between “hard” and “soft” threats and to better understand how “hard” and “soft” security issues overlap and in many ways reinforce each other. The weakness of Central Asian states seriously impairs their capacity to deal with security threats, especially non-traditional ones (including environmental threats). The result is that security problems in the region tend to multiply. The combination of weak states with old and new security threats in Central Asia weakens government structures even more and creates a vicious cycle.
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 […]
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 […]