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Defining Remote Warfare: The Rise of the Private Military and Security Industry

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Andreas Krieg
26 March 2018

 

 


This is the third briefing in a series which will bring together experts to discuss important aspects of remote warfare to provide some conceptual clarity. Over the course of the next year, the Remote Warfare Programme will release bi-monthly briefings on these subjects by experts in their field, with the eventual aim of exploring common themes, risks and opportunities presented by the evolving use of remote warfare.

This briefing will show how, amid a new global security environment shared by state and non-state actors, the market for force has developed into a strategic partner for the state in both the Western and non-Western world. Globally, the private military and security industry has filled voids that the state and its armed forces can no longer fill. As a consequence, Western and non-Western states alike have developed a dependency on commercial providers of security and military services.

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Image credit: US Marine Corps/Wikimedia Commons.


About the author 

In his research Dr Andreas Krieg has focused on a variety of different subjects relating to the academic discipline of Security Studies. During his graduate studies Andreas’ research revolved around Just War theory and conflict studies with a particular focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. During his doctoral studies and beyond Andreas has focused on the changing nature of civil-security sector relations amid a growing commercialization of security, and its impact on security provision in the 21st century. More recently, Andreas has explored the nexus between security and socio-politics in the Middle East after the Arab Spring. He has just completed a monograph on surrogate warfare analyzing new security assemblages between state and non-state actors in 21st century security provision. The monograph will be published with Georgetown University Press later this year and is titled ‘Surrogate Warfare – A Mode of War for the 21st Century’. This monograph is a first attempt to conceptualize the wide-ranging externalization of the burden of warfare from state to non-state actors in recent decades.

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