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The Prospects and Pitfalls of Privatizing Security: a Practitioner’s View

  • Dr. Philip Strand
Tuesday 4 December 2018
International Relations Seminar Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The increasing involvement of private security companies in sensitive tasks such as escorting diplomatic convoys and protecting vessels from pirate attacks has raised a lot controversy among academics and journalists.

Practitioners from the private security industry, however, are rarely involved in the debate. In this event, Dr Philip Strand – senior risk advisor for the London-based security consultancy Cornerstone –  will share his perspective on the role of the private sector in international and domestic security, discussing his personal experience from different areas on the world.

Philip began his career as a military officer, serving in the US Army for 9 years. During this time, he was forward-deployed to the Middle East for a total of 27 months where he held multiple leadership roles during combat operations.  Upon exiting the military, Philip spent two more years as a private security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. He then  completed a PhD in the War Studies Department of King's College London. 

Philip now leads the Physical Security Risk Consulting department at CornerStone.  In this role, he uses his military, contracting, academic, and consulting experiences to ensure that a broad selection of industry sectors receive expert security advice.

Chair: Dr Eugenio Cusumano

After the event, and informal discussion with interested students will follow. Drinks will be offered by Leiden University.

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