Title: Mercenaries in Africa: legality and geopolitics

Authors: Ashutosh Singh; Anurag Singh

Addresses: Amity School of Liberal Arts, Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India ' School of Business, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Abstract: The role and legality of mercenaries in Africa has been a matter of intense debate. The academic debate over the legality of mercenaries or their more modern equivalents called private military companies continues and the right of a nation state to use them is part of a larger debate over national sovereignty versus international law. The research paper attempts to objectively assess the contemporary role of mercenaries in Africa in a historical context, and whether it is practically possible and desirable to completely end the use of mercenaries.

Keywords: mercenaries; Africa; legality; geopolitics.

DOI: 10.1504/AJESD.2022.125006

African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, 2022 Vol.9 No.1, pp.23 - 36

Received: 19 Apr 2021
Accepted: 17 May 2021

Published online: 22 Aug 2022 *

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