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The role of strategic outsourcing in preventing the spread of ISIL

November 26, 2015

By: Cheng Lai Ki Over the last eleven months, Sunni-jihadi extremists known as the the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) have been directly involved in multiple crises resulting in the deaths and displacement of civilians in Syria[1], and more recently, in Paris. For ISIL, the battlefield is … Continue reading “The role of strategic outsourcing in preventing the spread of ISIL”


The politics of condottieri arms in Renaissance Italy, or why Machiavelli loathed mercenaries

October 25, 2013

Contracting for military and security services is an extremely old phenomenon, emerging many centuries previous to the latest generation of contemporary Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). However, the modern phenomenon has reached unprecedented breadth, given the extent to which contracting for military and security services has grown, covering combat and security training, armed guard, … Continue reading “The politics of condottieri arms in Renaissance Italy, or why Machiavelli loathed mercenaries”


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