Corporations and Counterinsurgency by William Rosenau

By William Rosenau

Multinational businesses might be major actors in zones of violent clash. company activities to form their setting can occasionally mitigate clash, yet because the authors convey of their case experiences, company actions may also help generate and maintain violence.

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20 Corporations and Counterinsurgency World rubber prices remained high during the first few years of Doe’s rule. F. 15 However, the Liberian business climate grew increasingly unfavorable for the company. 17 But just as Firestone’s position appeared to be at its most dire, a rapidly spreading disease changed the world’s demand for latex: AIDS. Globally, the sale of latex condoms and other latex-based protective products grew dramatically during the 1980s. Although the price of rubber remained relatively low, increasing demand helped the company.

The plant had been neglected for seven years and was partially destroyed during the war, and the company had not yet begun investing in the necessary repairs. Additionally, former employees demanded to be rehired to the plant. 22 Telephone interview with Abdoulaye Dukule, former advisor to President Amos Sawyer (1991–1994), July 3, 2008, and telephone interview with current Government of Liberia official, July 3, 2008. 23 Eric Berg, “Talking Business with Renninger of Bridgestone/Firestone,” New York Times, September 18, 1990, p.

T Obtain a written agreement that the role of the MS is to deter entry of AMs into the pit area of PJV and detail the procedures to be used in that role, particularly regarding apprehension, and attempt to extend this agreement on MS apprehension practices into surrounding communities. t Ensure community buy-in prior to bringing in the MS. t Establish a comprehensive oversight mechanism for the MS that is governed and directed by a credible external security official or expert. t Sensitize key constituencies—including the PNG, Australian and Canadian governments, and selected NGOs—to the problem of AMs and explain that the MS is to be employed only temporarily in parallel with a longer-term social strategy.

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