Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


Global Studies

First Advisor

Kathryn Poethig

Second Advisor

Richard Harris


My capstone report revolves around the implementation of private security firms (PSFs) within Sierra Leone and Angola. As the cold war came to an end, a new series of ‘intrastate conflicts’ took its place. Throughout my capstone report, I look at the effects of private security firms and their effects on states struggling with intrastate conflicts. I point to the degrading practices used by PSFs to siphon a state's natural resources and autonomy. By using two cases in my report, I am able to prove that private security firms thrive in a state with an abundance of natural resources and conflict, alluding to their predatory nature.