Saudi Arabia, Ridaa Khan
Topic: Private Military Contractors
Troy High School
The delegation of Saudi Arabia recognizes resulting issues that come with hiring private military contractors in the use of equipment, vehicles, but most of all, personnel. History has shown that PMC workers included in national military ventures and missions have a pattern of corruption. The United Nations Mercenary Convention was held but to limited success. The resolution produced from this convention was ratified by Saudi Arabia, as part of our goal to organized military action but in these latter years, the effects of many powerful nations not accepting the resolution or abandoning its goals have come to international attention.
The initial drafting of solutions to abuses caused by PMCs has been proven by reality to be unfruitful. The exact states which are involved in military disputes and need do utilize their military against conflict are extremely unlikely to limit the use of PMCs in any way. In fact, Saudi Arabia is looking to expand the use of private contractors to beyond the basic exchanges in the near future, to bolster the transactions through a process of expanding our military trade systems. Our goals involve a new sphere in which PMCs will be included in the manufacturing sector of the military. This investment plan is the future for Saudi Arabia and likely other nations which means any new resolutions to be made on PMCs will have to acknowledge this or it will lead to more insolvency.
Saudi Arabia stresses a realistic approach that addresses corruption without limiting what is necessary for a state’s trade and military operations. This could be addressed with better intelligence sharing between the multiple arenas of private contractors to the employing governments. Encouraging a shift in sectors for where PMCs are hired, as Saudi Arabia is doing will not only allow for the continuation of existing alliances but a new venue for the exact opportunity that PMC workers tend to look for. Saudi Arabia is seeking to unify solutions on this topic and create resolutions that will address the root problem while acknowledging current and future uses of PMCs.
- Ridaa Khan