Kyle Beardsley's Website

Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping analyzes the implications of gender power imbalances that exist within and that are perpetuated through peacekeeping operations worldwide.

 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 and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science at Duke University

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 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.


The chapter, part of the Understanding War and Peace textbook, lays out the basic ideas of peacemaking and peacekeeping, developing a conceptual framework that explains how these efforts are intended to help belligerents end conflict and build lasting peace.  The chapter then works through the potential limitations of peacemaking and peacekeeping, presenting a balanced perspective assessing if and when these efforts can succeed.  The chapter includes a case study on peacemaking and peacekeeping in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, and a summary of a quantitative study of mediation and interstate conflict.