Once and Future Peacemakers: Continuity of Third-party Involvement in Civil War Peace Processes


Journal Article

© 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Despite the importance of having continuity in third-party involvement, many third parties lack the ability to commit as long-term peace guarantors. We argue that non-state actors and third parties with vested interests in peace and stability will be more likely to sustain involvement in post-conflict periods. Analysis of monthly level data from the Managing Intrastate Conflict (MIC) project confirms that third parties that have had wartime experience as conflict managers are more likely to get involved in post-conflict peace processes, regardless of whether the conflict management is in the form of peacekeeping missions, mediation or good offices; regardless of whether the third party is geographically proximate; and regardless of whether the third party is a state or non-state actor. The results also confirm that third-party geographic proximity and other measures of vested interests additively increase the propensity for postwar involvement. However, wartime conflict management experience matters less for third parties with vested interests, suggesting the additional importance of demand-side determinants of third-party conflict management.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chen, C; Beardsley, K

Published Date

  • January 1, 2020

Published In

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-906X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1353-3312

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/13533312.2020.1768074

Citation Source

  • Scopus