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Privatizing the Battlefield: Contractors, Law and War

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Since their emergence in the post-Cold War period, but especially over the past decade, private military contractors have become the focus of increasing attention. In that time, both the market for security contractors and the operational environment they work in have evolved, with implications for their future. Meanwhile, efforts to use international and national law to regulate their use have run up against stubborn obstacles. And for the U.S. military, the lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan have clarified the need for, and the dangers of, security contractors.

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