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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy



The Private Security Monitor

The Private Security Monitor is a research project that promotes access to information concerning the world-wide use and regulation of private military and security services. It has two components:

Web Portal: The Private Security Monitor web portal draws together all publicly-available regulations, reports, publications, and data on this industry, thus allowing researchers, regulators, and consumers of private security services to be informed and demand better governance, oversight, and behavior of private security forces operating worldwide.

Private Security Mapping: This ongoing project collects information from public sources on where PMSCs are operating, what tasks they are performing, for whom, and with what consequences for security and human rights from 1990. Its first product is the Private Security Event Database, released in 2019.


The Private Security Monitor project was developed in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.

Research Team

  • Dr. Deborah Avant, Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Kara Kingma, Research Fellow and PhD Student