n Institute for Security Studies Monographs - Merchants of African conflict : more than just a pound of flesh

Volume 2011, Issue 176
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The outsourcing of security-related tasks to private security actors in Africa has become a norm that presents a plethora of ethical, operational and strategic challenges in the continent. Not only have private military and security companies (PMSCs) been carrying out security-related tasks for warring factions, but they have also been directly involved in combat operations, resulting, among other things, in the destabilisation of parts of the continent. The privatisation of security has not been adequately addressed in Africa. This is partly due to the very limited knowledge of the phenomenon, especially by policymakers, a majority of whom still confuse PMSCs with mercenaries.

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