War for Profit, Peace at Profit - The African Nexus in Wealth Creation

  • Andrei Pritvorov Centre for Southern African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Ian Liebenberg Group: Democracy and Governance, Human Sciences Research Council; Research Associate, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
Keywords: privatised security outfits in Africa, mercenaries, War for Profit, Peace at Profit, private military companies (PMC's), mercenary soldier, professional soldier, the prostitute (commercial sex worker)

Abstract

Recently the issue of mercenaries, especially in the newer garb of private security outfits, also sometimes referred to as private military companies (PMC's) became prominent in academic literature.' The mercenary soldier apart from the professional soldier and the prostitute (commercial sex worker) is perhaps since the invention of the notion of God(s) and the religious cult leader (priest), some of humanities' early and most persistent phenomena. In this review we deal with a recent South African book on the topic of privatised security outfits in Africa. Since it is a review article, the authors will also refer to other relevant works in the course of this contribution.

Author Biographies

Andrei Pritvorov, Centre for Southern African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
Head, Centre for Southern African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Ian Liebenberg, Group: Democracy and Governance, Human Sciences Research Council; Research Associate, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
Senior Political Analyst, Group: Democracy and Governance, Human Sciences Research Council; Research Associate, Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Pretoria
Published
2012-02-08
How to Cite
Pritvorov, A., & Liebenberg, I. (2012). War for Profit, Peace at Profit - The African Nexus in Wealth Creation. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 30(1). https://doi.org/10.5787/30-1-164
Section
Review Articles