n African Security Review - Private military / security companies, human security, and state building in Africa : commentaries

Volume 16, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Before discussing the potential impact of private military and security companies (PMSCs) on human security in Africa, it is important to provide a framework for the discussion. 'Human security' refers to the 'complex of interrelated threats associated with civil war, genocide and the displacement of populations' (HSRP 2005, section VIII). It is primarily concerned with the protection, particularly from violence and the fear of violence, of a civilian population. However, human security may also relate to threats associated with poverty, lack of state capacity and various forms of socio-economic and political inequity (HSRP 2005).

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