Practitioner Profile | Birthe Anders
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Dr. Birthe Anders is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. Her research focusses on Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs), NGO security and civil-military relations. Before coming to Harvard she taught in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where she co-founded the Private Military and Security Research Group.
In this practitioner profile, we discuss the use of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in the humanitarian sector. With growing threats against humanitarian actors and operations, and growing pressures for humanitarian programming in highly insecure settings, we speak about the role of PMSCs in the market for humanitarian security, and the implications for principled humanitarian action in the field.
- “International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.” (9 November 2010), https://www.icoca.ch/sites/all/themes/icoca/assets/icoc_english3.pdf.
- “The Montreux Document: On pertinent international legal obligations and good practices for States related to operations of private military and security companies during armed conflict." (17 September 2008), https://www.icrc.org/eng/assets/files/other/icrc_002_0996.pdf.
- European Interagency Security Forum, "Engaging Private Security Providers: A Guideline for Non-Governmental Organisations." EISF Briefing Paper (2011), http://principlesinpractice.org/uploads/Library/Documents/RemoteManageme....
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