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Shadow Wars: The World of Military Contracting
Throughout Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, the United States employs private military contractors to carry out its objectives. While U.S. firms dominate the market, warlords and militias have restyled themselves as private security companies in places like Afghanistan and Somalia. These private entities have become an integral part of the United States' defense strategy - the U.S. can no longer go to war without contractors. How does military contracting actually operate? What does the proliferation of private forces suggest about the future of war and international relations? Sean McFate, a former paratrooper in the U.S. Army and previous employee of a military contractor will discuss these questions and share his unique perspective on this growing industry.

Tue, Apr 21, 2015 -- 2:00am

The first World Affairs Council broadcast aired in October 1947. Back then, it was called "World Affairs are Your Affairs." Guests on the show included Gen. Dwight Eisenhower (July '49) and Vice President Alben Barkeley (October '49). The show ran continuously for 23 years. Today's World Affairs Council broadcast, called "It's Your World," brings some of the brightest minds to the air. It's Your World captures leading voices in politics, business, academia, media and art in candid discussions on issues concerning the world today.

Sat, Apr 25, 2015 -- 4:00am

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