Challenging the Strength of the Anti-Mercenary Norm

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Challenging the Strength of the Anti-Mercenary Norm. / Liu, Hin-Yan; Kinsey, Christopher .

In: Journal of Global Security Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, p. 93-110.

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Liu, H-Y & Kinsey, C 2018, 'Challenging the Strength of the Anti-Mercenary Norm', Journal of Global Security Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 93-110. https://doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogx024

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Liu, H-Y., & Kinsey, C. (2018). Challenging the Strength of the Anti-Mercenary Norm. Journal of Global Security Studies, 3(1), 93-110. https://doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogx024

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Liu H-Y, Kinsey C. Challenging the Strength of the Anti-Mercenary Norm. Journal of Global Security Studies. 2018;3(1):93-110. https://doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogx024

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Liu, Hin-Yan ; Kinsey, Christopher . / Challenging the Strength of the Anti-Mercenary Norm. In: Journal of Global Security Studies. 2018 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 93-110.

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