Associate Professor of Political Science, Duke University
140 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsBeardsley’s research interests include the political consequences and causes of third-party involvement in peace processes, the nature of intrastate rebellion, the motivations for and implications of gender balancing in post-conflict security forces, and the effects of nuclear-weapons proliferation on crisis behavior. He has over two-dozen academic publications on these topics and has a working book manuscript on gender equality in and through peacekeeping operations. Prior to being on faculty at Duke, Beardsley was on faculty at Emory University.
"Roving Bandits? The Geographic Evolution of African Armed Conflicts" (with Kristian Skrede Gleditsch and Nigel Lo). International Studies Quarterly (2015).
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.
"Following the Flag or Following the Charter?: Examining the Determinants of UN Involvement in International Crises, 1945-2002" (with Holger Schmidt). International Studies Quarterly 56, no. 1 (2012): 33-49.
Argues that the UN tends to be more responsive to humanitarian concerns in its intervention decisions than parochial state interests.
The Mediation Dilemma (Cornell University Press, 2011).
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.
"Peacekeeping and the Contagion of Armed Conflict" Journal of Politics 73, no. 4 (2011): 1051-1064.
Assesses the extent to which peacekeeping can prevent the diffusion of conflict across state borders.
"Winning with the Bomb" (with Victor Asal). Journal of Conflict Resolution 53, no. 2 (2009): 278-301.
Explores the deterrent implications for nuclear weapons and finds that states with nuclear weapons tend to prevail more often in their international crises, and their crises tend to be shorter.
"Agreement without Peace? International Mediation and Time-Inconsistency Problems" American Journal of Political Science 52, no. 4 (2008): 723-740.
Argues that mediation in international crises is associated with both a higher propensity for peace agreements and a post-crisis peace that becomes more fragile over time.
Talks and Briefings
"Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Gender, Protection and Predation in Peace Operations," Uppsala University, September 2014.
"Peacekeeping as Conflict Containment," Georgetown University, March 2014.
"Roving and Stationary Bandits in African Armed Conflicts," University of Virginia, March 2013.
"The UN at the Peacemaking-Peacekeeping Nexus," University of Maryland, April 2012.
"Peacekeeping and the Contagion of Armed Conflict," International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway, September 2010.
"Short-Term and Long-Term Tradeoffs in Peacemaking," Conference on Preventive Diplomacy and Peacemaking: Past, Present and Future, Alexandria, Egypt, November 2009.
"Stop the Killing? The Intermediary’s Dilemma," University of North Texas, April 2009.
"Resolving Civil Wars before They Start: The UN Security Council and Conflict Prevention," University of Amsterdam, February 2014.