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January 22, 2019

Erik Prince suggests outsourcing the war in Afghanistan as a crucial part of the U.S. exit strategy on Afghanistan. In the link you can see his pitch.

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November 8, 2018

I am glad to announce that our edited volume: The Sociology of Privatized Security is out with Palgrave-Macmillan. It is the first comprehensive sociological examination of the current trend of the privatization of security. With leading sociologists from the US and Eu...

July 23, 2018

Source: The Economist

The fact that the US used private military and security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other places, should not be news to any of my readers. Multiple media sources covered the Nisour Square massacre involving Blackwater in 2007 or...

February 14, 2018

A Bloomberg news report today described an incident that potentially could spark WWIII- clashes between American and Russian forces with scores of casualties in Syria. Assad troops and some Russian nationals attacked a coalition position held by U.S. and Kurd forces ne...

January 2, 2018

Over the last couple of days a wave of demonstrations across Iran has captured the world’s attention. Many people from different walks of life in Iran have gathered together and have start protesting on the economic and political situation. Protests are extremely rare...

November 15, 2017

Soldiers sometimes make the “ultimate sacrifice”. Such a loss is a terrible loss for both the soldier’s family and for society. But should we care when a private military contractor dies or is injured in Iraq or Afghanistan? A common cynical conception is that working...

October 21, 2017

When war rages, the death, injury, and misery of thousands and millions seems to be inevitable. The consequences of war are regularly blamed on tenacious belligerents that are reluctant to compromise, cycles of violence, culture of violence frequent in one region or an...

September 18, 2017

A glance at the United States and Russian Middle Eastern policies emphasizes the dominance of arms politics. Trump’s first trip abroad was to Saudi Arabia, to secure a huge arms deal. The United States has been Iraq’s primary arms supplier since 2005 and this year the...

August 23, 2017

A New York Times article from July 10 reported a meeting between the higher echelon of the Trump administration and two of the leading players in the private military/security sector. The first is Eric Prince, the former founder of Blackwater and the brother of Betsy D...

August 19, 2017

A driver purposely plows into a group of people with intention to kill in the name of ideology. Terrorism, right?   This type of event is becoming more common, reflecting a recent trend in global terrorism of extremists steering vehicles into innocent crowd. And this i...

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