Private Military Corporations and Their Role in Conflict and Peacekeeping

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Private Military Corporations and Their Role in Conflict and Peacekeeping
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A Beyond the Headlines Event

[Greenville, SC] – January 23, 2024 – Upstate International is pleased to announce that Dr. Edward L. Mienie, a celebrated academic and author in international relations and national intelligence, will be the distinguished speaker at the upcoming Beyond the Headlines Speaker Series event on February 14th, 2024, at the Kroc Center in downtown Greenville. In recent years, Private Military Corporations (PMCs) have begun to play a larger role in military conflicts on the international stage yet may remain an underutilized asset for addressing security concerns. How did PMCs evolve into this role? How do they get funded? What power do they have? How do they relate to governments? This event seeks to develop an understanding of PMCs to recognize how states should and should not employ them to improve security, governance, and quality of life.

Dr. Edward L. Mienie is the Executive Director and Professor of Strategic & Security Studies in the Department of Political Science & International Affairs at the University of North Georgia. He has more than 25 years of experience working in international relations. This includes the Diplomatic Corps of South Africa and the South African Defense Force. He has also authored and co-authored various books and articles on intelligence and state fragility. Among the books he has contributed to is “Private Military Security Companies’ Influence on International Security and Foreign Policy.”

More on Beyond the Headlines

Beyond the Headlines; Critical Issues Impacting our World is a Lunch and Learn format speaker series designed to bring fact-based information on the most pressing global issues of today to Upstate residents. Utilizing academics and research institution thought leaders, we strive to keep partisanship out of the presentation and allow people to ask their own questions and formulate their own opinions.For more information and to register for the event, click here.

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About Upstate International and its World Affairs Council Upstate:

Founded in 1998, Upstate International is a 501(c)(3) organization that empowers people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas. World Affairs Council Upstate, a program of Upstate International, is dedicated to fostering a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Tracie Frese, Executive Director, tracie@upstateinternational.org, 864-631-2188 

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