Privatization of peacekeeping: The prospects and realities

This paper assesses the present and potential role of private military and security companies in peacekeeping operations.

After examining the arguments for their use and current examples for their involvement in peacekeeping activities, it highlights a variety of concerns associated with their use, which suggest they are unlikely to receive greater acceptance by policy makers in the near future. The paper discusses political constraints, lack of capacity and shortage of funds and failure to act quickly on part of these private companies as hindrances in their contribution to peacekeeping operations in future.

It discusses a variety of current uses that these companies have for the peacebuilding process, like logistical and support services, security and policing function and military support. It discusses the future trends of growing commitment by the international community to peacekeeping. It also accounts for shortcomings and concerns as private companies being too small, having political obstacles, their mercenary associations and their issues with accountability.