Peaceful Warriors: Private Military Security Companies and the Quest for Stable Societies [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 89 (4):387 - 401 (2009)
Peace is more likely where there is trade and commerce between nation-states. However, many nations are "failed states" or "failing states," in large part because of civil wars. Yet, "business" may have a role to play here, too; as private military security companies (PMSCs) proliferate, governments and international organizations seem increasingly disposed to contract for their services, in some cases for combat roles as well as non-combat support roles in various conflict zones. This has raised questions about the ethics of using private companies for public purposes, especially where (as now) private companies have operated outside of legal accountability. This article suggests ways in which such accountability can be put in place, such that PMSCs can actually serve the cause of securing local and regional stability as a first step toward establishing a much safer environment for people and for business
Keywords crimes and torts of PMSCs  ethics of private military companies  Montreux Document  peace through commerce  U.N. peacekeeping
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