Il mestiere della guerra. Dai mercenari ai nuovi manager della sicurezza

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The craft of war. From mercenaries to new security managers

Aldo Pigoli, G. Pagliani

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The phenomenon dates back to the 1990s, but only specialists are aware of it. These are the new venture companies, private military companies, (PMCs) which draw their strength from an articulated and complex corporate structure. They specialize in managing security and warfare worldwide, where statehood is in decline and the monopoly of force is in ruins. Africa is their breeding ground: Congo, Angola and Sierra Leone are the three case studies analyzed in the book, countries rich in mineral and energy resources, where the LDCs with a few hundred men have intervened in situations of instability political-military. But Africa is not the only field of action of these private armies: in the United States, an increasingly driving role is played by the industry of contractors, economic giants to which the Pentagon and the State Department entrust military services. logistics and intelligence to support the growing presence of the American war machine in the world. PMCs and contractors therefore represent two different aspects of the privatization of the use of force with their corporate warriors. The book, divided into two levels of research-study and current affairs, attempts a systematic and in-depth analysis of the phenomenon, and is the result of long stays abroad and careful investigations. In a globalized world that yearns for security, a new conception of war is emerging which prefigures a parallel "privatization of peace". All in the disturbing absence of international and local legislation that defines and delimits the role and activity of these new players on the world stage.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The craft of war. From mercenaries to new security managers
Original languageItalian
PublisherFranco Angeli Editore, Milano
Number of pages288
ISBN (Print)9788846450449
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • Conflitti
  • Defence
  • Difesa
  • Guerre
  • Mercenari
  • Private Military Companies
  • Security &amp
  • Sicurezza


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