Carnegie Mellon University

The Privatization of Force

Course Number: 84-386

privatization-of-force.jpgThis course considers different forms of privatized force and security over time and across various strategic contexts, from historical mercenarism up to modern-day private military and security contractors. While going through the historical and modern material chronologically, the course considers the various issues that arise with each form of privatized force, including questions that arise regarding the state's monopoly on violence, legal and humanitarian issues, and civil-military relations. These range from theoretical concerns regarding modern definitions of the state, to practical operational-level concerns pertaining to field coordination issues between the military and private contractors in modern conflicts.

Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 9
Location(s): Pittsburgh

Fall 2020
6:40-9:30 PM (remote)

Elective course for the following IPS degrees:
BS International Relations and Politics
Additional Major in International Relations and Politics
BS Economics and Politics
Additional Major in Economics and Politics
Minor in International Relations and Politics
Minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict
Minor in Military Strategy and International Relations