Does Peacekeeping Work?: Shaping Belligerents' Choices after Civil War

Does Peacekeeping Work?: Shaping Belligerents' Choices after Civil War

by Virginia Page Fortna
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691136718

ISBN-13: 9780691136714

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691136714
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF FIGURES, MAPS, AND TABLES ix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi
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
REFERENCES 191
INDEX 207

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