Kyle Beardsley's Website

The Mediation Dilemma explores how third-party conflict management frequently does well in securing short-term peace but also can contribute to greater instability in the long run, especially when the third parties rely on leverage.


Welcome to my website.

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University. I received my PhD from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, and I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland.

I am also co-director of the ICB data project.

My research interests focus on the quantitative study of international conflict and peace processes. I am particularly interested in questions related to the role of third parties in shaping conflict dynamics, the pervasiveness of gender power imbalances in security institutions, the diffusion of armed conflict across space, and the impact of nuclear weapons on international crisis behavior. This work has appeared in a number of academic journals including The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, The British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, and The Journal of Peace Research.

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. My forthcoming book with Sabrina Karim, Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping, examines the consequences of and potential solutions to gender power imbalances in peace operations.

I teach a range of courses on international conflict resolution, international security and research methodology.

Please follow the links above to find more information about my courses and research.