Third-Party Conflict Management

Kyle Beardsley, “The Coevolution of Networks of Interstate Support, Interstate Threat and Civil War,” Journal of Politics (forthcoming). Latest version.

Kyle Beardsley and Jessica Beardsley, “Can Peace Operations Mitigate the Effect of Armed Conflict on Malnutrition? Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire,” Environment and Security (2023). Published version. Latest version. Appendix. Replication data.

Zuhaib Mahmood, Kyle Beardsley (eds), Christopher Newton, Chhandosi Roy, Jacob D. Kathman, Colin Tucker, William G. Nomikos, Danielle N. Villa, Martin Binder, Susan Allen, Amy Yuen, Timothy J.A. Passmore, Megan Shannon, Lisa Hultman and Terrence L. Chapman, “The United Nations After 75: Assessing Current Understandings, Charting Fruitful Research Agendas,” International Peacekeeping (2022). Published version. Latest version.

Kyle Beardsley, “Clarifying the mediation dilemma: A response to ‘Sticks and carrots for peace’,” Research and Politics (April-June 2021). Published version. Latest version.

Chong Chen and Kyle Beardsley, “Once and Future Peacemakers: Continuity of Third-Party Involvement in Civil War Peace Processes,” International Peacekeeping 28, 2 (2021): 285-311. Published version. Latest version.

Nathan Danneman and Kyle Beardsley, “International Mediation and the Problem of Insincere Bargaining,” in Karl Härter, Carolin Hillemans, and Günther Schlee, eds., On Mediation. Berghahn Books (2020). Book info.

Kyle Beardsley, Howard Liu, Peter Mucha, David Siegel and Juan Tellez, “Hierarchy and the Provision of Order in International Politics: The Self-Organization of Joint-Production Security Communities,” Journal of Politics 82, 2 (2020): 731-746. Published version. Latest version.

Kyle Beardsley, David E. Cunningham and Peter B. White, “Mediation, Peacekeeping and the Severity of Civil War,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 63, 7 (2019): 1682-1709. Published versionLatest versionReplication data.

Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Kyle Beardsley, and David Quinn (eds.), Research Handbook on Mediating International Crises, Edward Elgar Publishing (2019). Book infoFlyer.

Peter B. White, David E. Cunningham and Kyle Beardsley ,“Where, when, and how does the UN work to prevent civil war in self-determination disputes?” Journal of Peace Research 55, 3 (2018): 380-394. Published versionLatest versionReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley, “Third-Party Peacemaking and Peacekeeping,” in Dan Reiter, ed., Understanding War and Peace (2018). Chapter info.

Kyle Beardsley, David Cunningham and Peter White, “Resolving Civil Wars before they Start: The UN Security Council and Conflict Prevention,” British Journal of Political Science 47, 3 (2017): 675-697. Published versionLatest versionAppendixReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley, “Advances in the Analysis of Contributor-Level Peacekeeping Data, with a Focus on Gender Data,” in The Known Knowns and Known Unknowns of Peacekeeping Data, Govinda Clayton (ed.), International Peacekeeping 24, 1 (2017). Published versionLatest version.

Kyle Beardsley and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, “Peacekeeping as Conflict Containment,” International Studies Review 17, 1 (2015): 67-89. Published versionLatest versionReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley and Nathan Danneman, “Mediation in International Conflicts,” in Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn (eds.), Wiley (2015). Compendium info.

Kyle Beardsley and Nigel Lo, “Third-Party Conflict Management and the Willingness to Make Concessions,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 58, 2 (2014): 363-392. Published versionLatest versionReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley, “The UN at the Peacemaking-Peacebuilding Nexus,” Conflict Management and Peace Science 30, 4 (2013): 369-386. Published versionLatest versionOnline appendixReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley, “Using the Right Tool for the Job: Mediator Leverage and Conflict Resolution,” Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs 2, 1 (2013): 57-65. Published version.

Kyle Beardsley and Nigel Lo, “Democratic Communities and Third-Party Conflict Management,” Conflict Management and Peace Science 30, 1 (2013): 76-93. Published versionReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley, “UN Intervention and the Duration of International Crises,” Journal of Peace Research 49, 2 (2012): 335-349. Published versionReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley and Holger Schmidt, “Following the Flag or Following the Charter?: Examining the Determinants of UN Involvement in International Crises, 1945-2002,” International Studies Quarterly 56, 1 (2012): 33-49. Published versionReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley, “Peacekeeping and the Contagion of Armed Conflict,” Journal of Politics 73, 4 (2011): 1051-1064. Published versionReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley, The Mediation Dilemma, Cornell University Press, in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series (2011). Book infoReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley, “Pain, Pressure, and Political Cover: Explaining Mediation Incidence,” Journal of Peace Research 47, 4 (2010): 395-406. Published versionReplication data.

Kyle Beardsley, “Intervention without Leverage: Explaining the Prevalence of Weak Mediators.” International Interactions 35, 3 (2009): 272-297. Published version.

Kyle Beardsley and J. Michael Greig, “Disaggregating the Incentives of Conflict Management: An Introduction,” International Interactions 35, 3 (2009): 243-248. Published version.

Kyle Beardsley, “Agreement without Peace? International Mediation and Time-Inconsistency Problems,” American Journal of Political Science 52, 4 (2008): 723-740. Published version.

Kyle C. Beardsley, David Quinn, Bidisha Biswas and Jonathan Wilkenfeld, “Mediation Style and Crisis Outcomes,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 50 (2006): 58-86. Published version.

My first book, The Mediation Dilemma, examines why mediation tends to do well in the short run to abate conflict, but, in the long run, mediated settlements tend to be more fragile.


I am a contributor to the Understanding War and Peace textbook. My chapter on “Third-Party Peacemaking and Peacekeeping” is accessible to all undergraduate students and can be purchased as a stand-alone chapter.


I co-edited and contributed to a Research Handbook on Mediating International Crises. The handbook is an essential reference for postgraduate researchers and practitioners of international politics and conflict negotiation.