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Does Peacekeeping Work?
Shaping Belligerents' Choices after Civil War
Virginia Page Fortna

Paperback | 2008 | $25.95 | £20.95 | ISBN: 9780691136714
232 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 5 line illus. 9 tables. 3 maps.
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In the last fifteen years, the number, size, and scope of peacekeeping missions deployed in the aftermath of civil wars have increased exponentially. From Croatia and Cambodia, to Nicaragua and Namibia, international personnel have been sent to maintain peace around the world. But does peacekeeping work? And if so, how? In Does Peacekeeping Work? Virginia Page Fortna answers these questions through the systematic analysis of civil wars that have taken place since the end of the Cold War. She compares peacekeeping and nonpeacekeeping cases, and she investigates where peacekeepers go, showing that their missions are crucial to the most severe internal conflicts in countries and regions where peace is otherwise likely to falter.

Fortna demonstrates that peacekeeping is an extremely effective policy tool, dramatically reducing the risk that war will resume. Moreover, she explains that relatively small and militarily weak consent-based peacekeeping operations are often just as effective as larger, more robust enforcement missions. Fortna examines the causal mechanisms of peacekeeping, paying particular attention to the perspective of the peacekept--the belligerents themselves--on whose decisions the stability of peace depends. Based on interviews with government and rebel leaders in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, and the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, Does Peacekeeping Work? demonstrates specific ways in which peacekeepers alter incentives, alleviate fear and mistrust, prevent accidental escalation to war, and shape political procedures to stabilize peace.


"In this well-researched and solidly argued book, Fortna examines the casual relationship between peacekeeping and durable peace in a number of different settings. . . . Using quantitative analysis and qualitative case analysis of conflicts of Bangladesh, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone, the author provides detailed information on international peacekeeping."--N. Entessar, Choice

"This is an excellent book which addresses an interesting, important, and understudied issue. . . . Does Peacekeeping Work? is a very important study and a model of social science research that makes a major contribution and that should be read, and assigned, widely. Peacekeeping is an important topic with academic and policy relevance, and scholars interested in working in this area should start with Fortna's book."--David E. Cunningham, Review of International Organizations

"This book is an outstanding illustration of how research should be carried out: careful conception of the research problem, scrupulous data analysis, and subtle examination of case studies to better understand and delineate the causal foundations of the results. . . . Scholars and policymakers should pay close attention to these findings, and to her more detailed discussions of how the various capacities of peacekeeping missions can best be tailored to the conditions of specific conflicts."--Jack A. Goldstone, Perspectives on Politics

"Students of politics have much to learn from the author's seamless integration of current international debates into [her] work."--Nicholas Gammer, International Journal

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Table of Contents:

CHAPTER ONE: Peacekeeping and the Peacekept Questions, Definitions, and Research Design 1
CHAPTER TWO: Where Peacekeepers Go I Hypotheses and Statistical Evidence 18
CHAPTER THREE: Where Peacekeepers Go II Evidence from the Cases 47
CHAPTER FOUR: A Causal Theory of Peacekeeping 76
CHAPTER FIVE: Peacekeeping Works Evidence of Effectiveness 104
CHAPTER SIX: How Peacekeeping Works Causal Mechanisms from the Perspective of the Peacekept 127
CHAPTER SEVEN: Conclusion and Implications 172
APPENDIX A: The Data 181
APPENDIX B: Predicting the Degree of Difficulty of Maintaining Peace 187

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