V. Page Fortna is the Harold Brown Professor of US Foreign and Security Policy in the Political Science Department. Her research focuses on terrorism, the durability of peace in the aftermath of both civil and interstate wars, and war termination. She is the author of two books: Does Peacekeeping Work? Shaping Belligerents Choices after Civil War(Princeton University Press, 2008) and Peace Time: Cease-Fire Agreements and the Durability of Peace(Princeton University Press, 2004).  Fortna has published articles in journals such as International Organization, World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and International Studies Review. She is currently working on a project on terrorism in civil wars. Her research combines quantitative and qualitative methods, draws on diverse theoretical approaches, and focuses on policy-relevant questions.

Fortna received the Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association in 2010. She has held fellowships at the Olin Institute at Harvard, the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Hoover Institution.

Fortna teaches courses on international politics, war termination and the durability of peace, terrorism, cooperation and security, and research methods. Her article “Do Terrorists Win? Rebels’ Use of Terrorism and Civil War Outcomes” (International Organization, Summer 2015) has been highlighted in The Atlantic; Slateand Die Zeit. She talks about her research with Dan Riendreau of the Corus Radio Network here (aired May 28, 2015), and about her work in general on the Dean’s Table podcast here.

Fortna holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.




Does Peacekeeping Work? Shaping Belligerents’ Choices After Civil War (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008).
Peace Time: Cease-Fire Agreements and the Durability of Peace (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004).

Book Chapters

Lisa Martin and V. Page Fortna, “Peacekeepers as Signals: the Demand for International Peacekeeping in Civil Wars,” in Power, Interdependence, and Nonstate Actors in World Politics: Research Frontiers, eds. Helen V. Milner and Andrew Moravcsik (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009).
“Peacekeeping and Democratization,” in War to Democracy: Dilemmas of Peacebuilding, eds. Anna Jarstad and Tim Sisk  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
“Success and Failure in Southern Africa: Peacekeeping in Namibia and Angola,” in Beyond Traditional Peacekeeping, eds. Donald Daniels and Bradd Hayes (London: Macmillan, 1995).
“United Nations Transition Assistance Group in Namibia,” “United Nations Angola Verification Mission I,” and “United Nations Angola Verification Mission II,” in The Evolution of UN Peacekeeping: Case Studies and Comparative Analysis, ed. William Durch (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993).

Journal Articles

“Do Terrorists Win? The Use of Terrorism and Civil War Outcomes 1989-2009,” International Organization 69, no. 3 (2015).
“Is Peacekeeping ‘Winning the War on War’?” Symposium: “Has Violence Declined in World Politics? A Discussion of on Joshua S. Goldstein’s Winning the War on War: the Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide,” Perspectives on Politics 11, no. 2 (2013).
V. Page Fortna and Reyko Huang, “Democratization after Civil War: A Brush-Clearing Exercise,” International Studies Quarterly 56 (2012).
V. Page Fortna and Lise Morjé Howard, “Pitfalls and Prospects in the Peacekeeping Literature,” Annual Review of Political Science 11 (2008).
“Interstate Peacekeeping: Causal Mechanisms and Empirical Effects,” World Politics 56, no. 4 (2004): 481-519.
“Does Peacekeeping Keep Peace? International Intervention and the Duration of Peace after Civil War,” International Studies Quarterly 48 (2004): 269-292.
“A Lost Chance for Peace: The Bicesse Accords in Angola,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 4, no. 1 (2003): 73-79.
“Inside and Out: Peacekeeping and the Duration of Peace after Civil and Interstate Wars,” International Studies Review 5, no. 4 (2003): 97-114.
“Scraps of Paper? Agreements and the Durability of Peace,” International Organization 57, no. 2 (2003): 337-372.
Review of Peace Enforcement: The United Nations Experience in Congo, Somalia, and Bosnia, by Jane Boulden, Political Science Quarterly 117, no. 1 (2002): 163-164.

Other Articles

“Peace Operations—Futile or Vital?,” Policy Brief commissioned by the United Nations Foundation (2004).
V. Page Fortna, Robert Jervis, and Warner Schilling, “The War on Terrorism: Two Years On,” Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, Columbia University (2003).
V. Page Fortna, and Lise Morjé Howard, “Kosovo Endgame,” San Jose Mercury News (1999).
“How Can Permanent Cessation of Civil Wars Be Achieved? Lessons from international conflict and a look at some African cases,” Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1997).
“Regional Organizations and Peacekeeping,” Occ. Paper 11, The Henry L. Stimson Center (1992).