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Title:The Mercenary Business: 'Executive Outcomes'
Author:Harding, Jeremy
Year:1997
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:24
Issue:71
Pages:87-97
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Sierra Leone
Africa
Subjects:mercenaries
Military, Defense and Arms
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056249708704240
https://www.jstor.org/stable/4006397
Abstract:Executive Outcomes is a mercenary organization which represents a new incarnation of the army for hire. It was put together in the closing stages of apartheid, which most of its personnel served with dedication. Since it was founded in 1989, it has fielded a force of at least five hundred men, under a core of mostly South African white officers, against rebel groups in west and southern Africa, using light armoured vehicles, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Executive Outcomes thrives on the absence of civility, consensus, law and order; its biggest operations so far have been in countries with valuable mineral resources. Its position in a complicated network of companies, registered anywhere between the Cape and the Isle of Man, makes it more than a military force, and its corporate links give it cozenage with some well-respected figures in Britain. This article on Executive Outcomes deals in particular with its activities in Sierra Leone, which is currently the company's biggest area of operations. Sum. (Edited and updated version of an article that first appeared in the London Review of Books in 1996.)
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