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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 89, Supplement 4, pp 387–401 | Cite as

Peaceful Warriors: Private Military Security Companies and the Quest for Stable Societies

  • Don Mayer
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Abstract

Peace is more likely where there is trade and commerce between nation-states. However, many nations are “failed states” or “failing states,” in large part because of civil wars. Yet, “business” may have a role to play here, too; as private military security companies (PMSCs) proliferate, governments and international organizations seem increasingly disposed to contract for their services, in some cases for combat roles as well as non-combat support roles in various conflict zones. This has raised questions about the ethics of using private companies for public purposes, especially where (as now) private companies have operated outside of legal accountability. This article suggests ways in which such accountability can be put in place, such that PMSCs can actually serve the cause of securing local and regional stability as a first step toward establishing a much safer environment for people and for business.

Keywords

crimes and torts of PMSCs ethics of private military companies Montreux Document peace through commerce U.N. peacekeeping 

Abbreviations

ATS

Alien Tort Statute

DRC

Democratic Republic of Congo

GWOT

Global War on Terror

ICC

International Criminal Court

IPMO

International Peace Maintenance Organization

MONUC

UN Peacekeeping force in the Congo (from the French language, Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies en République démocratique du Congo)

NATO

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NGOs

Non-Government Organizations

PMSC

Private Military Security Companies

RICO

Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations

SOFA

Status of Forces Agreement

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Daniels College of BusinessUniversity of DenverDenverU.S.A.

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