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Privatizing UN Peacekeeping?

The UN is reviewing its peacekeeping efforts and will consider hiring private security forces for rapid response and supplementary peacekeeping missions.

Interest in the idea appears to stem from the efforts of the Global Security Partnership Project.

According to an article in the Financial Times;

The company would establish a database of up to 5,000 former soldiers willing to work for UN daily rates, from which 200 or so could be drawn at short notice to deal with "brush fire" disputes before they get out of hand.

Such things are not unprecedented at the UN, the FT articles points out that

At least two companies supporting UN missions have used deadly force: DSL, a British subsidiary of Armor Holdings, which provided armed guards in Angola, and Dyncorp of the US in East Timor.

Sounds like a situation where a performance-base contract would be vital!

Adrian Moore is Vice President, Policy


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