Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


International Affairs

First Advisor

Michael Kanner

Second Advisor

Jennifer Fluri

Third Advisor

Shuang Zhang


Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) arose as part of a larger phenomenon of privatizing security after the Cold War. These companies operate all over the world and are even active in areas such as humanitarian aid. Increasing concerns over NGO security have led NGOs to contract with PMSCs. Concerns over how these relationships are carried out and how they affect the administration of aid exist, in part to the lack of information on such relationships. This paper will look at two NGOs and two PMSCs and the information publicly available on their contracts in security and humanitarian aid.