We live in a world where nations no longer have a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence, and where private companies replaces governmental actors.
What exactly does “the privatization of violence” entail? What repercussions can privatization lead to? These questions and many more will be debated in this panel discussion held by UPF Lund.
Joakim Berndtsson is Associate Professor at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. Berndtsson has conducted research on issues related to private security actors for over a decade. He has published several research articles on the subject, and together with Christopher Kinsey, he is co-editor of the Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing (Routledge, 2016).
Dr. Rikard Bengtsson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Lund University, where he teaches international relations and European studies. He is the Programme Director for the Master of European Affairs programme. His main research interests include security and defence matters, global political economy and EU external relations. Between 2012 and 2016 Bengtsson worked as senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm.