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Conference Report: The Involvement of the Private Security Sector in Peacekeeping Missions

1 January 2010

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Conference Report: The Involvement of the Private Security Sector in Peacekeeping Missions

This conference report includes six topics; the first three relate to PMSCs and peace-keeping missions and the following two relate to human security and armed forces and regulatory approaches. The six sessions each include short papers by varied authors. This paper’s analysis seeks to inform the development and application of appropriate norms and standards at international, regional and sub-regional levels. The report points to the positive impact legislation has had on forcing African policy makers to move beyond the concept of such organisations as mere mercenaries and points to the cases of Sierra Leone and South Africa as examples of this. However, the concluding remarks are pessimistic about effective implementation of any legislation occurring in the near future.


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