September 17, 2009
Michele Shapiro | 212.998.3688 or 917-658-6760 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan, authored by New York Universitys Center on International Cooperation, analyzes the negative impact of weak private security oversight in Afghanistan. The report concludes that over-reliance on private security - above all, on local militia groups - by international military forces is harming stabilization efforts. Among the reports findings are the following:
The report provides essential background on the use of private security by the US government and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and on the regulatory framework governing private security, as public evidence of gross negligence at the US Embassy by ArmorGroup North America has come to light. The surge in US forces will also increase demand for private security. The Public Cost of Private Security lays out the risks, including shorting Afghan public security forces, increasing the costs of reconstruction, and strengthening criminal groups.
According to the Center on International Cooperations Jake Sherman, the reports primary author, Financing armed, alternative power structures fulfills the security needs of international personnel in the short-term at the cost of consolidating government authority and protecting Afghan citizens in the long-term.
Free copies of the report are available for download on CICs website. Please direct all media inquiries to: Michele Shapiro (212.998.3688 or 917.658.6760; e-mail: email@example.com).
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