Global Policy Forum

The Privatization of Peacekeeping: Prospects and Realities

This UNIDIR article explores the idea of using PMSCs for UN peacekeeping, and it examines how the UN has come to consider PMSCs in the first place. In international conflicts, powerful governments are reluctant to volunteer their own national troops to multilateral peacekeeping missions unless their own key interests are at stake. PMSCs, on the other hand, are able to act quickly without political agenda. But PMSCs are often too small to deal with serious conflicts, and the UN International Convention condemns the use of mercenaries. While the UN needs to address a number of challenges if they are to respond effectively to crises, outsourcing peacekeeping to PMSCs is not the solution.

By Damien Lilly


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