Lauren Jenkins is the National Coordinator for the Education for Peace in Iraq Center where she works on post-conflict peacebuilding issues. She writes about national security at her blog International Development Without Pity.
Displaced and vulnerable civilians without adequate food starving because humanitarian relief can’t reach them; it’s not just a scene from the terrible famine in Somalia, it’s also happening in South Sudan.
Private military contractors are poised to take an increasingly large role in Iraq, but serious questions remain about how they will be held responsible for their actions. One obvious answer is an international convention.