Beardsley’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.
"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.
"Winning with the Bomb" (with ). 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.
"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.
"Following the Flag or Following the Charter?: Examining the Determinants of UN Involvement in International Crises, 1945-2002" (with ). 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.
"Roving Bandits? The Geographic Evolution of African Armed Conflicts" (with ). 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.
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.
In the News
"Risky Brinkmanship with an Unstable North Korean Regime," Kyle Beardsley, Cleveland.com, April 28, 2017.