Kyle Beardsley

Kyle Beardsley

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Dr, 204H Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
204H Gross Hall, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-4318
International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict

Kyle Beardsley (Ph.D., UCSD, 2006) is 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 first 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. His second book (co-authored with Sabrina Karim), Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping, examines the consequences of and potential solutions to gender power imbalances in peace operations.


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

Wilkenfeld, Jonathan, et al. Research Handbook on Mediating International Crises. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019.

Karim, Sabrina, and Kyle Beardsley. Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States. Oxford University Press, 2017.

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

Karim, S., and K. Beardsley. “Ladies last: Peacekeeping and gendered protection.” Gender, Peace and Security: Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 2015, pp. 62–95.

Beardsley, K. C., and N. Danneman. “Mediation in International Conflicts.” Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource, edited by R. A. Scott and S. M. Kosslyn, Wiley, 2015.

Beardsley, Kyle, and Victor Asal. “Nuclear-Weapons Programs and the Security Dilemma.” The Nuclear Renaissance and International Security, edited by Matt Fuhrmann and Adam Stulberg, Stanford University Press, 2013.

Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede, and Kyle Beardsley. “Issues in Data Collection.” The International Studies Encyclopedia, edited by Robert A. Denemark, Blackwell, 2010, pp. 4705–25.

Karim, S., and K. Beardsley. “Women in Peacemaking/Peacekeeping.” Oxford Bibliographies International Relations, edited by P. James.

Beardsley, K., et al. “Mediation, Peacekeeping, and the Severity of Civil War.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 63, no. 7, Aug. 2019, pp. 1682–709. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0022002718817092. Full Text

Webster, K., et al. “Conflict, Peace, and the Evolution of Women's Empowerment.” International Organization, vol. 73, no. 2, Mar. 2019, pp. 255–89. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0020818319000055. Full Text

Karim, S., et al. “International gender balancing reforms in postconflict countries: Lab-in-the-field evidence from the Liberian national police.” International Studies Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 3, Sept. 2018, pp. 618–31. Scopus, doi:10.1093/isq/sqy009. Full Text

White, P. B., et al. “Where, when, and how does the UN work to prevent civil war in self-determination disputes?Journal of Peace Research, vol. 55, no. 3, May 2018, pp. 380–94. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0022343317744826. Full Text

Beardsley, K., et al. “Resolving Civil Wars before They Start: The un Security Council and Conflict Prevention in Self-Determination Disputes.” British Journal of Political Science, vol. 47, no. 3, July 2017, pp. 675–97. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0007123415000307. Full Text

Beardsley, K. “The known knowns and known unknowns of peacekeeping data: Advances in the analysis of contributor-level peacekeeping data, with a focus on gender data.” International Peacekeeping, vol. 24, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 9–13. Scopus, doi:10.1080/13533312.2016.1226768C. Full Text

Karim, S., and K. Beardsley. “Explaining sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping missions: The role of female peacekeepers and gender equality in contributing countries.” Journal of Peace Research, vol. 53, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 100–15. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0022343315615506. Full Text

Beardsley, K., and K. S. Gleditsch. “Peacekeeping as conflict containment.” International Studies Review, vol. 17, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 67–89. Scopus, doi:10.1111/misr.12205. Full Text

Beardsley, K., et al. “Roving Bandits? The Geographical Evolution of African Armed Conflicts.” International Studies Quarterly, vol. 59, no. 3, Jan. 2015, pp. 503–16. Scopus, doi:10.1111/isqu.12196. Full Text

Beardsley, K., and N. Lo. “Third-Party Conflict Management and the Willingness to Make Concessions.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 58, no. 2, Jan. 2014, pp. 363–92. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0022002712467932. Full Text