Abstract

Abstract:

In his 2014 publication The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What they Mean for World Order, Sean McFate uses the concept of “neomedievalism” to conclude that private military companies (PMCs) will play a dominant role in a twenty-first century characterized by decline of the Westphalian order. The book valuably depends on both McFate’s research and personal experiences with DynCorp International to support its conclusions. Yet, McFate’s dependence on neomedievalism and case studies of Liberia and Somalia fall prey to misattribution and selection bias, in turn weakening McFate’s valuable investigation of PMCs.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-4724
Print ISSN
1945-4716
Pages
pp. 143-146
Launched on MUSE
2016-07-12
Open Access
No
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