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Would you like to read about the emerging 21st century conflict between public/private security partnerships and adverse private armed groups? PrivateMilitary.org is pleased to introduce Private Armed Forces and Global Security, the first academic title approaching Private Military Companies constructively and not as dangerous forces. This is a featured item page, please use the menu on the left to return to the Books main page, or select any of the options below.
 
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Private Armed Forces and Global Security: A Guide to the Issues

By Carlos Ortiz
Praeger, March 31, 2010
248 pages
ISBN: 0-313-35592-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-313-35592-9
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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1 INTRODUCTION

2 PRIVATE FORCES IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

· Private armed forces and global security ·Medieval and early-modern private forces
· The state and lethal force · Mercenary companies
· Private Military Companies · The armies of rulers
· The debate about PMCs · Military entrepreneurs
· Challenges and opportunities · Militias and civilian self-defense
· Organization of the book ·Private maritime forces in the age of empire
  · The international charter system
  · Overseas private armies
  · Private navies
  · Pirates
  · Privateers
  ·The rise of the state and the decline of private forces
  · The Thirty Years War
  · The American War of Independence
  · Contractors
  · The French Revolution
  · State terror and rebellion
  · Police forces and mafia crime
  · Monopolizing force
  ·The new age of private forces
  · Postcolonial mercenaries in Africa
  · The rise of guerrillas and terrorists
  · Contractors in the Arabian Peninsula
  · Cold War PMCs and beyond
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3 PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES AND ADVERSE PRIVATE FORCES

4 CONFLICT ENVIRONMENTS AND PRIVATE FORCES

·Private Military Companies
·Humanitarian crises and interventions
· The genesis of a scholarly theme · Weak states and low-intensity conflict
· Typologies of services · Beyond bipolarity
· A working definition of PMCs · The Blue Helmets at 50
· Overlapping fields of commercial activity · PMCs as “force multipliers”
·Private military personnel · Multilateral peacekeeping and reconstruction
· Military downsizing after the end of the Cold War · PMCs as “relief operators”
· The private military labor market · The time to privatize peace?
· Contractors or mercenaries? ·Trade in dangerous places
·Terrorists and rebels · Underdevelopment and international trade
· Terrorism: easy word, many problems · Remote oil and gas fields
· Acts and facets of terrorism · The oil curse
· What is al-Qaeda? · Gems and metals
· Rebels, insurgents, and guerrillas · Agribusiness
· What is the Taliban? · Food security
·Organized crime · Shipping routes and piracy
· Contemporary piracy and pirates · PMCs as “commerce facilitators”
· Mafia groups and underworld forces ·Homeland security
· Drug cartels and narco forces · The commoditization of terrorism
  · The homeland security market
  · International markets and organized crime
  · PMCs as “security enhancers” and “defense operators”
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5 THE PRIVATIZATION OF SECURITY: APPROACHES AND PROBLEMS

6 CONCLUSIONS

·Towards a new security architecture · Private military history, between evolution and randomness
· Neoliberalism and privatization · The mutating corporate environment and labor market
· The rise and decline of the bureaucratic model · Living in insecure times and a smaller world
· The new managerial strategy · A new security paradigm or rushed privatization?
· Private security as a quasi–public good  
· The privatization of security under NPM

APPENDIXES

· The new management of security  
· The new managerial infrastructure I · World Map
· Security partnerships  
· Civil-military relations in the new millennium II Actors
· Managerial imperfections · Selected PMCs operating in Iraq in 2003-4
·The privatization of security away from the West · IPOA
· Weak states · International terrorist organizations
· Underdevelopment and privatization · Mexican drug trafficking organizations
· The convergence of security and development  
· Towards efficient security provision in weak states III Documents
· Adverse competition · Arms Export Control Act
·Regulating the private military and security market · International Traffic in Arms Regulations
· Licensing mechanisms: AECA and ITAR · Uniformed Code of Military Justice
· Other acts and jurisdictions · Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act
· Accountability and oversight: UCMJ and MEJA · International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries
· An international impetus for regulation? · Montreux Document
  · IPOA Code of Conduct
Selected Bibliography · International counter-terrorism instruments
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