The Commercialization of Security in Europe: Consequences for Peace and Reconciliation

Jan 2011 - Dec 2011


The use of commercial contracting by continental European states in international settings is more often than not considered marginal. This project, developed in collaboration with the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School, questions the accuracy of this picture. It looks at the traditions of contracting Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) in nine European states (Scandinavian, continental and East European), at how this tradition is shaping present day contracting practices and how contracting in turn shapes international engagements. The project discusses the general insights on this topic with specific reference to the role of contracting by European states in shaping peace and reconciliation strategies in Afghanistan.


Partner Institutions

Copenhagen Business School

Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest

Polish Institute of International Affairs

Royal Danish Defence College

University of Bergen

University of Bristol

University of Bucharest

University of Gothenburg

Université Libre de Bruxelles

University of Torino

Research Groups


PRIO Policy Brief

Leander, Anna (2012) Commercial Politics of Peace. Military Markets Recasting European Engagements in Afghanistan, PRIO Policy Brief, 8. Oslo: PRIO.
Leander, Anna (2012) Letting Others Lead. European Approaches to the Regulation of International Military Markets, PRIO Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.
Leander, Anna (2012) Silent and Irresponsible. European Approaches to Commercial Military Services, PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.