Page Fortna (PhD Harvard, 1998) is the Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy in the Department of Political Science. 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). She 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 is a member of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. She 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. She received her BA from Wesleyan University.
Professor Fortna teaches courses on international politics, war termination and the durability of peace, terrorism, cooperation and security, and research methods.
Professor Fortna’s article “Do Terrorists Win? Rebels’ Use of Terrorism and Civil War Outcomes” (International Organization, Summer 2015) was highlighted in The Atlantic; Slate; and Die Zeit. She talks about her research with Dan Riendreau of the Corus Radio Network here (aired May 28, 2015).
She lives in New York (and in Portland, Oregon during summers and leaves) with her husband, Pete Beeman; her daughters, Rosie and Linden; and their dog, Tosca.
Posts by Page Fortna
- Strongman Benefits from Terrorism and Security Concerns on Sri Lanka, November 20, 2019.
- Easter Terror in Sri Lanka: Who and Why? April 23, 2019.
- Enough with the Pessimism About Peacekeeping, September 24, 2015.
- Building a Better Cease-Fire, August 3, 2014.
- Why the CW Inspection Plan Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect, or Even Close, to Succeed, September 13, 2013.
- Temporary Cease-Fire in Syria, October 27, 2012.
- Lasting Peace in Colombia: Pipe Dream or Possible? October 15, 2012.
- Will the Arab Spring Democratize the Mideast? (Or, We Didn’t Say It Wouldn’t), June 11, 2012.