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Appeared in: Volume 4, Number 5
Published on: May 1, 2009
The Mercenary Debate

Private security contracting undermines democratic control
of U.S. foreign policy.

Deborah Avant is professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, a fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy, and author of The Market for Force: The Consequences of Privatizing Security (Cambridge University Press 2005).
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