Monitoring the “peace and stability industry”

By Laurie Bennett

September 25, 2007 at 6:31am

Members of the International Peace Operations Association will have plenty to talk about at their October summit in Washington.

The trade group with the Orwellian name is an association of private military contractors, including besieged Blackwater USA, which faces investigations abroad and at home.

The association was formed in 2001, and has grown rapidly with the increased use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to “promote high operational and ethical standards of firms active in the peace and stability industry.” One of its stated aims is to combat the perception that its members are war profiteers.

“Although we have come a long way, there is still an unfortunate level of suspicion leveled at the private sector in our field,” association President Doug Brooks wrote in the May edition of the group’s journal. “Effective stability and peace operations require a proactive and engaged private sector with appropriate rules, transparency and oversight.”

The industry is likely to get much more oversight than it bargained for, in the wake of the recent deaths of Iraqi civilians fired upon by Blackwater guards.

As the Associated Press reports today, North Carolina Democratic Rep. David Price has been trying for years to strengthen regulation of private contractors. The GOP-controlled Congress wasn’t interested, he said.

Price has proposed legislation requiring government contractors to be covered by federal criminal codes. His bill would also establish FBI investigative units in war zones.

But another Democrat, House Oversight Committee chairman Henry Waxman has promised hearings on Blackwater, calling the shootings “an unfortunate demonstration of the perils of excessive reliance on private security contractors.”

Follow Muckety on Twitter Tweet This! Share on Facebook

Click here to sign up for the Muckety Newsletter

 Read related stories: News  


  • There are no comments yet, be the first by filling in the form below.

Leave a Comment

The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.

Become a fan of Muckety on Facebook

  • Search for stories
    Special Features

Follow Muckety on Twitter Follow Muckety on Twitter
Muckety has no direct connection to most of the people or organizations listed on these pages.
We are unable to forward personal messages or provide personal contact information.
We make every effort at Muckety to ensure that our data is correct and timely. However, relationships are in constant flux and we cannot guarantee accuracy. If you come across incorrect or outdated information, please let us know by email.
© 2017 Muckety LLC