Private Armed Forces and Global Security: A Guide to the Issues

Private Armed Forces and Global Security: A Guide to the Issues

Private Armed Forces and Global Security: A Guide to the Issues

Private Armed Forces and Global Security: A Guide to the Issues

Synopsis

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Excerpt

Private military companies (PMCs) and global trends toward the privatization of security first attracted my attention in the early 1990s. Back then, I used to mention PMCs and people thought I was maybe an arms dealer disguised as an academic. Times have changed. Now almost everyone has a view about private personnel working in conflict zones. By 1996 I was formally researching the subject, which eventually led to a PhD and various related presentations and publications. I cite some of my earlier work here and take forward previous arguments.

Throughout this journey, the need for easily accessible material on the subject has been made patent to me time and again. Moreover, during numerous conversations held with people of different backgrounds and ages, people’s desire to learn about all the different types of private armed forces typical of contemporary conflict has been made obvious as well. There is also a renewed impetus to the historical analysis of the private exercise of force. Discussions have additionally been directed toward the outlining of paths to the study of PMCs. This rich dialogue engendered my desire to write this book and informed the structure of its contents.

In the course of my research, I have become indebted to countless people. Some of them are cited in the book. In a field of scholarly inquiry that has exploded since the onset of the Iraq conflict, however, the views of many other relevant sources have fallen outside the scope of the analysis. Nevertheless, I believe the book plants the seeds for any interested reader to pursue alternative avenues of study and discover the many fascinating titles documenting the study of PMCs and adverse private forces. I sincerely hope this will make up for my failure to acknowledge specific works and exchanges I have sustained over the years with many authors.

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