We argue that international organizations decrease the duration of international conflicts by mitigating commitment problems and encouraging combatants to cease hostilities more quickly. Empirical analyses of militarized interstate dispute duration (1950-2000) reveal that increasing shared international organization (IO) participation reduces the length of disputes, even after accounting for selection into international conflict. We also find that international organizations designed to mitigate commitment problems decrease dispute duration, while IOs capable of reducing information asymmetries do not influence dispute length.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||International Studies Quarterly|
|State||Published - Dec 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Political Science and International Relations