Blackwater: What Does Private Security in Iraq Mean for US Democracy at Home?
Deborah Avant, UC Irvine Political Science Profressor.
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008
The U.S. use of private security companies in Iraq to double the size of its force leads us to inquire about how the use of these forces affected widely recognized features of democracy.
This is a podcast of a Burkle Talk featuring Professor Deborah Avant from UC Irvine who discussed her paper, "What Does Private Security in Iraq Mean for US Democracy at Home?"
Deborah D. Avant is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies program at the University of California, Irvine(UCI). Her lecture will discuss the ideas presented in her most recent paper co-written with Lee Sigelman.
Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Avant was a Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Global & International Studies at George Washington University. Her research focuses on the privatization of security, civil-military relations, military change, and the politics of controlling violence. Dr. Avant is the author of The Market for Force: The Consequences of Privatizing Security (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Political Institutions and Military Change: Lessons from Peripheral Wars (Cornell University Press, 1994), along with numerous journal articles and book chapters. She received her doctorate from the University of California, San Diego.
Click here to read her paper: PrivateSecurityandDemocracy.pdf
Click here to see her power point presentation: powerpointpresentation.ppt