'Looking Beyond the State': Private Security Companies, Armed Conflicts and Peace Support Operations in Africa

Olajide O Akanji


This article examines the use of private security companies in conflict management, focusing particularly on their use by states during armed conflicts and by states and multilateral institutions during international peace support operations in Africa. It observes that while armed conflicts and international peace support operations in Africa have burgeoned, the use of private security companies has increasingly been problematic. It argues however that the use of private security companies has come to stay and what should be done is to regulate and manage their operations for maximum performance.

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