Privatizing Humanitarian Intervention? Mercenaries, PMCs and the Business of Peace
This article contemplates the pros and cons of privatizing humanitarian intervention to prevent genocide through the employment of mercenaries, or Private Military Companies (PMC). After exploring the historical and cultural background of PMCs, the authors then examine how current laws and international norms carve out exceptions for the legitimate use of PMCs. Finally, the article surveys some of the central practical concerns involved in PMC use, including accountability, command and control, and tactical feasibility.