Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 01/2015

Private Military & Security Companies: Future Challenges in Security Governance

Anne-Marie Buzatu, Benjamin S. Buckland

January 2015

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces


This paper will take a look at future trends in the international private security sector, beginning with an overview of some of the emerging private threats impacting the security sector today. This will be followed by a brief analysis of some of the challenges and opportunities posed by these actors to the security sector today and beyond. Finally, the paper will finish with some recommendations for responses to these challenges.