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Private Military & Security Companies, Conflict Complexity, and Peace Duration: An Empirical Analysis

 

Private Military & Security Companies, Conflict Complexity, and Peace Duration: An Empirical Analysis

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PMSC training has the potential to improve state capacity, reduce the combatants’ opportunity and willingness to fight, and prolong the duration of peace. However, the benefit of PMSC training-related intervention over other types of PMSC interventions depends on the level of conflict complexity. Analysis of novel data on PMSC interventions and peace episodes following major/minor civil wars (1990–2008) shows that in cases when PMSCs intervene, training makes a positive contribution to peace in wars with a limited number of rebel groups that do not resort to terrorism. Positive impact dissipates in conflicts with greater levels of rebel fragmentation and terrorist tactics.

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Radziszewski, Elizabeth and Seden Akcinaroglu. 2020. "Private Military & Security Companies, Conflict Complexity, and Peace Duration: An Empirical Analysis." Small Wars & Insurgencies 31 (July): 1415-1440. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09592318.2020.1784500

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Elizabeth Radziszewski
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