Historically, mercenaries are professional soldiers hired to fight for a foreign power or cause. They bear an image of shadowy figures wielding their weapons not for ideology but for the glint of gold.

Today, you’d be surprised by how little has changed. Mercenaries in modern warfare are seeing a dramatic resurgence. But why is that?

In an age of digital warfare, drones, and cyber-attacks, the demand for boots on the ground has never been higher. From the African savannahs to the Middle Eastern deserts, mercenaries in modern warfare are back in vogue. And their influence on global conflicts is growing at an alarming rate. 

Modern mercenaries are not your average gun-for-hire. Many are part of sophisticated, well-organized, and, dare we say, corporate entities. So, what’s driving their rise? And what does this mean for international relations and the very nature of warfare itself?