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The Case for Mercenaries in Africa

Mayank Bubna is Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.
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  • February 16, 2010

    Despite the concerns surrounding the use of mercenaries, they remain an indispensable force on the African continent, so much so that they have been welcomed by governments, and grudgingly even been accepted by NGOs, international organizations and civilians. Private militaries are never going to completely go out of business because of the critical need for such services on the African continent. With the world unwilling to intervene in far-off conflicts, institutionalizing such a private force will almost inevitably become necessary to bring about regional stability.

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