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Privatizing Peace?

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dc.contributor.author Hendershot, Chris
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-15T17:52:56Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-15T17:52:56Z
dc.date.issued 2008-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/1310
dc.identifier.uri http://www.yorku.ca/yciss/publications/documents/WP48-Hendershot.pdf
dc.description.abstract Is the world ready to privatize peace? Or more precisely, is the United Nations (UN) ready to contract-out peacekeeping/support/making operations to private military firms (PMF)? Kofi Annan did not think so in 1998 (Fidler and Catan 2003). Nor do other UN officials; “There is little support for the privatization of U.N. peacekeeping” (Deen 2004). However, with the recent proposal from Blackwater Security, an American PMF, to intervene on behalf of the UN in Darfur (Witter 2006) the issue of contracting a PMF to conduct a UN sanctioned peace operation remains relevant. Indeed, a vibrant political-economy of knowledge production (academic, policy, media, and industry) sustains discussion of the prospects of and for privatized peace operations. The purpose of this paper is to engage with those literatures that constitute the proposal to privatize UN peace operations as an issue of relevance for and to (academic, policy, popular) discussions of contemporary security issues. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher YCISS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 48 en
dc.rights.uri http://www.yorku.ca/yciss/
dc.subject peacekeeping en
dc.subject privatization of U.N. peacekeeping en
dc.subject private military firms en
dc.subject PMFs en
dc.title Privatizing Peace? en
dc.type Working Paper en

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