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Private Militaries and the Security Industry in Civil Wars: Competition and Market Accountability


Whether they train police forces in Afghanistan or provide military assistance to governments in Africa that are battling rebel groups, private military and security companies (PMSCs), or corporations that provide security and military services for profit, have been present in numerous conflicts around the globe. In 1984 only one international PMSC intervened in a civil war; in 1989 there were 15 international PMSCs present in conflict zones, while from 2003 to 2019 over 120 of such companies provided services during the Iraq war. Why do international PMSCs sometimes help with conflict termination while in other cases their intervention is associated with prolonged wars? And in what ways does market competition affect PMSCs’ military effectiveness? Relying on quantitative analysis of original data on international PMSCs’ involvement in civil wars from 1990 to 2008 and PMSCs’ human rights and fraud violations in Iraq from 2003 to 2019, the book investigates how local and global competition impacts accountability of these non-state actors and their contribution to the termination of major and minor wars.

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Akcinaroglu, Seden and Elizabeth Radziszewski. 2020. Private Militaries and the Security Industry in Civil Wars: Competition and Market Accountability. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780197520802.001.0001/oso-9780197520802

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