Kyle Beardsley

Associate Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Dr, 273 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
273 Gross Hall, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-4318
Security, Peace, Conflict, International Relations

Kyle Beardsley (Ph.D., UCSD, 2006) is Associate Professor of Political Science. He is co-director of the International Crisis Behavior data project. His research interests include the political consequences and causes of third-party involvement in peace processes, the nature of intrastate rebellion, the implications of gender power imbalances within and through post-conflict security forces, and the effects of nuclear-weapons proliferation on crisis behavior. His book, 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. Prior to coming to Duke, Prof. Beardsley was on faculty at Emory University.


  • Ph.D., University of California at San Diego 2006

Beardsley, K. The Mediation Dilemma. Cornell University Press, 2011.

Karim, S, and Beardsley, K. "Ladies last: Peacekeeping and gendered protection." Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325. April 24, 2015. 62-95.

Beardsley, KC, and Danneman, N. "Mediation in International Conflicts." Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource. Ed. RA Scott and SM Kosslyn. Wiley, 2015. (Chapter)

Beardsley, K, and Asal, V. "Nuclear-Weapons Programs and the Security Dilemma." The Nuclear Renaissance and International Security. Ed. M Fuhrmann and A Stulberg. Stanford University Press, 2013.

Gleditsch, KS, and Beardsley, K. "Issues in Data Collection." The International Studies Encyclopedia. Ed. RA Denemark. Blackwell, 2010. 4705-4725.

Clayton, G, Kathman, J, Beardsley, K, Gizelis, T-I, Olsson, L, Bove, V, Ruggeri, A, Zwetsloot, R, van der Lijn, J, Smit, T, Hultman, L, Dorussen, H, Ruggeri, A, Diehl, PF, Bosco, L, and Goodness, C. "The known knowns and known unknowns of peacekeeping data." International Peacekeeping 24.1 (January 2017): 1-62. Full Text

Karim, S, and Beardsley, K. "Explaining sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping missions." Journal of Peace Research 53.1 (January 2016): 100-115. Full Text

Beardsley, K, Gleditsch, KS, and Lo, N. "Roving Bandits? The Geographical Evolution of African Armed Conflicts." International Studies Quarterly 59.3 (September 2015): 503-516. Full Text

Beardsley, K, and Gleditsch, KS. "Peacekeeping as Conflict Containment." International Studies Review 17.1 (March 2015): 67-89. Full Text

Beardsley, K, and Lo, N. "Third-Party Conflict Management and the Willingness to Make Concessions." Journal of Conflict Resolution 58.2 (March 1, 2014): 363-392. Full Text

Beardsley, K. "The UN at the peacemaking–peacebuilding nexus." Conflict Management and Peace Science 30.4 (September 2013): 369-386. Full Text

Karim, S, and Beardsley, K. "Female Peacekeepers and Gender Balancing: Token Gestures or Informed Policymaking?." International Interactions 39.4 (September 2013): 461-488. Full Text

Beardsley, K, and Lo, N. "Democratic Communities and Third-Party Conflict Management." Conflict Management and Peace Science 30.1 (February 2013): 76-93. Full Text

Beardsley, K. "Using the Right Tool for the Job: Mediator Leverage and Conflict Resolution." Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs 2 (2013): 57-65. (Academic Article)


Crisis Origins: When Do Intrastate Ethnic Tensions Spark Interstate Crises, and How Can Sparks be Prevented: awarded by Folke Bernadotte Academy (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

International Crisis Behavior Update, 2008 - 2013 awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2015