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From Mercenaries to MarketThe Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies$
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Simon Chesterman and Chia Lehnardt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228485.001.0001

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What should and what should not be regulated?

What should and what should not be regulated?

(p.29) 2 What should and what should not be regulated?
From Mercenaries to Market

Kevin A O'Brien

Oxford University Press

A second prerequisite for meaningful discussion of regulation is clarity as to the subject to be regulated. Serious analysis in this area is often frustrated by the lack of agreement as to what it is that PMCs actually do. This chapter surveys the industry and creates a typology of private actors in the military environment. It then proposes a theoretical model of regulation, establishing the tightest oversight of military operations aimed at altering the strategic environment. A combination of licensing and registration regimes would provide the most adequate solution on the national level, though its effectiveness would depend on complementary action on the international level.

Keywords:   regulation, PMC, private military company, military operations, licensing regime, registration regime

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