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27 July 2009

Beyond Market Forces: Regulating the Global Security Industry

Author: James Cockayne, Alison Gurin, Emily Speers Mears, Iveta Cherneva, Sheila Oviedo, and Dylan Yaeger, International Peace Institute

Private military and security companies play an increasingly visible role in conflict and post-conflict situations...well publicized abuses suggest that an adequate regulatory framework is urgently needed...At the urging of some of the governments and...

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23 April 2009

In Middle East, Relationship between Business and Peace is Tenuous

Author: Paul Wozniak, Watson Institute

Guy Ben-Porat of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev…argued that in the Middle East the relationship between business and the peace process is…complicated…Among the problems…are businesses’ inability to collectively organize and changing levels of...

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1 January 2009
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Author: Antoine Perret, Universidad Externado de Colombia

En Colombia, el fenómeno [de la privatización de la seguridad y de la guerra] [se] desarroll[ó] con la implementación del Plan Colombia a partir del año 2000. En 2006, más de veinte empresas privadas se encargaban de proveer servicios militares en el...

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31 December 2008

[PDF] Deadly ventures? Multinational corporations and paramilitaries in Colombia

Author: Olga Martin-Ortega, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of East London [UK]

One of [the Colombian conflict] characteristics is the participation of external actors...The activities and working methods of certain multinational corporations in Colombia have had a direct impact on the development of the conflict in certain areas...

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1 November 2008

Regulating Private Military and Security Companies: The Content, Negotiation, Weaknesses and Promise of the Montreux Document

Author: James Cockayne, Journal of Conflict and Security Law

On 17 September 2008, 17 states…endorsed the ‘Montreux Document’ affirming the legal obligations and describing good practices…related to operations of private military and security companies…[The author] provide[s] an overview of the Montreux...

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16 May 2008

[PDF] The OECD Risk Awareness Tool for Multinational Enterprises in Weak Governance Zones

Author: Lahra Liberti

[The author] would like to highlight the reasons why the OECD Risk Awareness Tool for [Multinational Enterprises] in [Weak Governance Zones] was adopted. Then I will turn to illustrate the main features of this instrument and clarify its relationship...

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1 January 2008

[PDF] Bad Guys, Good Guys, or Something in between? Corporate governance contributions in zones of violent conflict

Author: Moira Feil, Susanne Fischer, Andreas Haidvogl and Melanie Zimmer, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

This report asks how corporations contribute to peace and security in zones of violent conflict and proposes an analytical approach to describe the contributions…by analyzing four company case studies…Company Alpha (a pseudonym)…food & beverage...

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31 December 2007

The Power of Socialization: Engaging the Diamond Industry in the Kimberley Process

Author: Carola Kantz

Research on conflict in resource-rich countries suggests that resource extraction companies contribute to tension but not development. In recent times, public-private partnerships (PPPs) have flourished, in which set up regulation is not against...

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1 April 2007
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Author: María Prandi, Escuela de Cultura de Paz (UAB) y ESADE

Se ha hablado largo y tendido en distintos foros internacionales del impacto positivo y/o negativo que pueden tener las organizaciones en el ámbito de los derechos humanos. Sin embargo...nunca ha sido suficientemente esclarecido el concepto de ...

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31 January 2007

[PDF] The legal aspects of the Kimberley Process

Author: Frans Schram

[T]he Kimberley Process Certification Scheme...is an international diamond certification scheme aimed at preventing the trade in so-called ‘conflict diamonds’ whilst protecting the legitimate diamond trade...This paper will start with a discussion...

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