Regulating the Role of PMCs in Shaping Security and Politics

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Regulating the Role of PMCs in Shaping Security and Politics

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Title: Regulating the Role of PMCs in Shaping Security and Politics
Author: Leander, Anna
Abstract: This paper focuses on the way PMCs shape security policies and more generally political priorities. Linking up with classical thinking about "civil-military relations", it suggests that preoccupation with security professionals’ role in shaping politics is as important when these professionals are privately organised in PMCs as it is when they are enrolled in public armed forces. The paper shows that existing regulation has not been adjusted to account for this fact and that the significance of regulating PMCs’ role in shaping politics is profoundly underestimated. It therefore argues that putting the issue of regulating "civil-PMCs relations" on the agenda is essential.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7019
Date: 2006-12-05
Notes: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the workshop Regulating the Private Commercial Military Sector (New York University Law School Institute for Law and Justice, December 1-3, 2005)

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