Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge
The boundary between private business and governments has been eroding since the 1970s.
Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater, is evidently mulling a run for a US Senate seat. At the same time, he is working with China’s government to provide security services in the restive western region of Xinjiang.
The boundary between private business and governments has been eroding since the 1970s. Prince’s path clearly represents this process. While potentially wanting to shake up the political status quo in Washington, Prince also is supporting Beijing’s aim of establishing itself as a global economic and political power, and changing Eurasia’s geopolitical balance.
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Rune Steenberg is an anthropologist whose research focuses on Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang Province. He received his PhD from Freie Universität Berlin in 2014. He has received post-doctoral fellowships from Freie Universität, Bonn Universität and Columbia University. His research focuses on social networks, trade and kinship.