18 May – The Privatisation of Security in the 21st Century

– The Privatisation of Security in the 21st Century: Problems, Prospects and Role of the State –
The development of increasing reliance on private security companies (PSCs) to provide a wide range of security- and military related services to states, organisations, and corporations – referred to as a global privatisation of security, raises important and thorny questions. Questions about the role and function of the state as chief provider of protection and as a monopolist of violence. Moreover, the move towards outsourcing security challenges the ways we think about security and risk, and the ways in which these issues are dealt with.
This lecture seeks to illustrate some of the key changes and challenges associated with this trend, drawing on examples and findings from both stable societies and instances of armed conflict.
Joakim Berndtsson is an Associate Professor at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. Berndtsson has conducted research on private security issues since 2004 and, together with Chris Kinsey, he is the co-editor of the Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing (Routledge, 2016).
In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.
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Date: 18/5/2017
Time: 18:15
Place: Ekonomikum, Hörsal 2
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. Become a member at the lecture, 100 kr for one year of membership!

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