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POLITICA
MERCENARIES, HYBRID ARMIES AND NATIONAL SECURITY
MERCENARIES, HYBRID ARMIES AND NATIONAL SECURITY. PRIVATE SOLDIERS AND THE STATE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
2014
176
CARTONÉ
978-1-138-77948-8
ENGLISH

sinopsis

This book assesses the use of 'mercenaries' by states, and their integration into the national armed forces as part of a new hybridisation trend of contemporary armies. The military has been a symbol of nationhood and state control for the past 200 years. As representatives of a society's cultural values and political ambitions, the armed forces have traditionally been held within the confines of the modern state. Today, however, soldiers are expected to operate in the shadows of conflicts, drawing little attention to themselves and to their actions; they are physically and emotionally secluded from a civilian population whose governments, especially in the West, are undertaking an unprecedented wave of demilitarisation and military budget cuts. Simultaneously, these same governments are increasingly opening their armies up to foreign nationals and outsourcing military operations to private companies. These experiments with the hybridisation of the armed forces have effectively changed the face of national security..


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