V. Page Fortna is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  Her research focuses on peacekeeping, war termination, and the durability of peace in interstate and civil wars.  Fortna teaches classes on international politics, war termination, cooperation and security, and research methods.  She is currently working on two projects, one on long-term historical trends in war termination, and one on terrorism in civil wars.

Fortna recently won the Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association for her significant contribution to the study of international relations and peace research.  She has been a Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Visiting Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, MA.  Before coming to Columbia, Fortna was a pre-doctoral and then a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.  Before graduate school, Fortna worked at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C.

Fortna received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. 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).