Defence and security expert Christopher Spearin discusses the use of private military and security companies by states and the implications of this trend for international security.
Despite calls and efforts to do so, the international community has never possessed a standing force that could be directly recruited, trained, equipped and controlled by the UN. There are several reasons for this failure.
The sheer scale of cartel related violence in Mexico has yielded debate over what type of violence it actually is. Is it terrorism, an insurgency or something else altogether?