NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR,GMU LAW PROFESSOR WEIGH PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES

May 3, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In a co-authored op-ed published today in TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and George Mason University Law Professor Michael I. Krauss weigh sending in private military companies (PMCs) to provide security in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

The commentary, entitled “Send in the Mercenaries,” argues: “If no one else has the courage and will to act in Darfur, why doesn’t the UN, or NATO for that matter, contract out the problem and let the free market save countless lives? If the African Union, whose troops are notoriously ineffective, finds the PMC option unpalatable, perhaps the credible threat of its use might compel the regional organization to come up with an alternative that will actually save the lives of innocent Darfurians, rather than merely observe their extermination.”

The professors’ essay can be read by clicking here.