Beardsley, Kyle; David Cunningham & Peter B. White (2016) The United Nations and Conflict Prevention, PRIO Policy Brief, 17. Oslo: PRIO.
UN peacekeepers and mediators are often a highly visible presence in ongoing violent conflicts and their aftermath, but can the United Nations prevent conflict from becoming violent in the first place? The UN expresses a desire to prevent violent conflict, but does it actually match its words with action and are preventative efforts successful? In our research on UN action in self-determination disputes we have found that the answer to both of these questions is generally yes. The UN gets involved in non-violent disputes with a propensity to become violent, and some UN actions can reduce the likelihood of escalation to civil war.
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory University
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people.