For Darfur the Time for Private Security May be Now

26 May

Private Military Firm Pitches Its Services in Darfur

Deborah Avant, a professor at George Washington University and author of The Market for Force, says she thinks that someday, somewhere, private firms will be hired to defend civilians.

Is the argument – considering the undeniable humanitarian crisis in Darfur at this time – that political obstacles to hiring " hiring " private security firms" are too great at

For now, private bids to do peacekeeping are going nowhere. And in Darfur, a fragile peace agreement is fraying. In an interview with NPR, Jan Egeland, the U.N.'s chief aid coordinator, said U.N. trucks are attacked every week. He said some humanitarian organizations have already left Darfur and others are debating whether to go.

Humanitarian Principles, Private Military Agents: Some Implications of the Privatized Military Industry for the Humanitarian Community Brooking Institute Link to PDF

With westward migration – toward Chad – of the violence I think that all options should be on the table now not in six months from now or five years from now. The complications as one can see by the Brookings Study. However if we need to view the situation in Darfur as business deal in order to prevent or at least mitigate the severity of the humanitarian crisis I say it's worth a shot. What considerations should be given to a government that would allow this kind of travesty to be thrust upon its people anyway?


Posted by on May 26, 2006 in Bookmarks, opinion, Policy, The Sudan


5 responses to “For Darfur the Time for Private Security May be Now

  1. Shirley

    May 26, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    You’re invited too. Please read my post from today. Don’t miss the comments. 🙂



  2. Doug

    May 27, 2006 at 8:17 am

    Oooh! Rambo vs. the Janjiweed! I want to see that.

  3. weirsdo

    May 27, 2006 at 10:30 pm

    I would like someone to go after them. But I would also like there to be a plan, lest we make the situation even worse.

  4. cooper

    May 27, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    The plans unfortunately don’t seem to work or take a very long time to be actually put into effect, law made aren’t followed and there is not even enough money to feed these people.

    My point of view at this time is that when you look at the destruction the rape and the pillage and the sheer damage done to these women and children I just want to shuck, another plan that doesn’t work – peace agreement that means nothing because the government of Sudan has not had their shoulders shaken hard enough anyway- won’t be put totally in to effect and will mean nothing, and bring in something that may work. May work is better than not work and right now we have not work.

    Based on history we have years of work ahead to actually make the situation in Sudan better, many many years if ever. I don’t think waiting for even part perfection is a good idea.

  5. weirsdo

    June 4, 2006 at 4:39 pm

    I don’t mean a total plan covering every contingency; I just mean a cooperative agreement among some of the key parties. I can envision a situation where Western armed groups might even cause the violence to spread more.


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