A possible re-orientation of Private Security Companies?

Outsourced security is an ancient concept. History is replete with mercenary forces. From the Roman Empire to the British during the American War of Independence and through to today, leaders have found it convenient to employ mercenaries. The doctrine of the sovereign nation derived from the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 impelled states to consider the utility of standing armies and thereby reduce reliance on mercenaries – but the concept of private armies has endured in one form or another.

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How to defeat Al Shabaab in Somalia

Developing a ‘security pact’ to tackle the insurgent Jihadist group Al Shabaab that continues to stifle Somalia state-building efforts is a key agenda item at the British government-hosted conference in London this May. In preparation for the conference, local meetings are underway to determine how Somalia’s security forces should best take up this enormous challenge.

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The risk of female travel and its implication for businesses

Many campaigns on behalf of women have launched in recent years, reflecting the heightened awareness of women as victims. The range of specific subject interest has been considerable. In this short article we focus on a very small part of the spectrum and one that is particularly important for most corporates. Thus we examine the challenges women business travellers can face and what companies can do about them.

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Modern Slavery Act statements – getting up to the mark

As the first deadline for companies to publish their modern slavery statements approaches – within six months of their financial year-end – there are widespread concerns that most still have “not grasped the spirit of the Act”. Many of their statements do not meet the minimum requirements.

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