CfA: ‚The Involvement of the Private Security and Military Companies in Humanitarian Assistance Operations‘

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) through the Security Sector Governance (SSG) Programme initiated a project on 3 November 2008 on ‚The Involvement of the Private Security Sector in African Conflicts, Peacekeeping Missions and Humanitarian Assistance Operations‘. The project seeks to investigate the involvement of the private security sector in African conflicts, peacekeeping missions and humanitarian assistance operations to inform the development and application of appropriate norms and standards, including the revision of the 1977 OAU Convention on the Elimination of Mercenaries in Africa. This is a call for abstracts for a Monograph titled ‚The Involvement of the Private Security and Military Companies in Humanitarian Assistance Operations‘. The main objective for this monograph is to enhance an informed understanding of the role of the private military and security companies in Africa humanitarian assistance operations. The Monograph papers/chapters shall be presented by the authors at a conference whose venue is yet to be decided upon by the ISS. Abstracts for the Monograph chapters may be submitted to Mr Sabelo Gumedze at sgumedze[at]issafrica.org by November 30, 2010. They must include the following details: – Title of the proposed paper. – Name of the author, organization to which he or she belongs and email address. – If there are several authors, please give the particulars of each of them. – Abstracts should average between 500 and 1,000 words. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by December 17, 2010 regarding acceptance of abstracts and will have to submit the definite text of paper. Accepted papers should average between 5, 000 and 10, 000 words and must be submitted by March 31, 2011. Early submission of articles is strongly encouraged. Authors should as far as possible adopt the ISS style guideline, which will be sent to all the authors with accepted abstracts. If you have any queries regarding the submission of abstracts and papers, please contact Mr Sabelo Gumedze at sgumedze[at]issafrica.org