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Security contractors constitute the second largest force in Iraq, after the American military. They come from countries all over the world -- the US, South Africa, the UK, Russia, Israel, Peru, El Salvador, Nepal, Fiji -- and work for established publicly traded companies, as well as small start up firms. They often earn much more than their military counterparts, who they support and enhance. Despite their prominence, their activities go underreported, and the regulations guiding their conduct are unclear. This lecture focuses on the present state of security contracting worldwide, and on the implications of their increasing use for our foreign policy and military engagement.

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