Corporations and Counterinsurgency by William Rosenau

By William Rosenau

Multinational organisations may be major actors in zones of violent clash. company activities to form their setting can occasionally mitigate clash, yet because the authors exhibit of their case reports, company actions can assist generate and maintain violence.

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D2. Berman, Jonathan, “Boardrooms and Bombs: Strategies of Multinational Corporations in Conflict Areas,” Harvard International Review, Fall 2000, p. 31. Bolger, Andrew, “Lloyd’s to Offer War Cover,” Financial Times, May 27, 2001. S. Institute of Peace, Special Report No. 114, February 2004. org/resources/civil-society-under-siege-colombia “Bridgestone Corporation,” Funding Universe, Web site, undated. html Brooke, James, “A Rubber Revival for Liberia,” New York Times, May 11, 1987, p. D8. , 1999.

The security component of Placer Dome’s conflict-mitigation strategy at PJV aimed to foster the necessary conditions to allow wider social solutions to take hold. , February 2008. 6 BSR, 2005a, p. 20. 7 Members of Reserve Police are former police and military personnel. They are formally screened for criminal records, which the National Police must validate. It is, however, unclear whether the vetting process is documented. 8 The MS has a number of different units located across the country. Its main function is to act as a rapid deployment force for putting down civil disorder or restoring general social order.

Officials may view corporations, armed groups, customary courts, and other nonstate dispensers of force as potential security instruments—and, possibly, as partners. 8 In addition, as this paper has argued, MNCs can also serve as conflict accelerants, albeit unintentionally. Perceptions of ethnic favoritism in corporate employment and the provision of social-development funds can spark communal violence, as demonstrated in the Niger Delta. 10 In areas rich with resources, such as oil, natural gas, or gold, disputes among communities over land ownership can erupt into deadly 4 Skinner, 2008.

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