April 1, 2002
This paper develops a model using content analysis of chronological event texts to measure third party activity and their impact on outcomes from three case studies of international conflict: The 1990-91 Gulf War; The 1998 war in Kosovo; and the 2002 war in Afghanistan. Data was generated from each of the three conflicts and coded using the World Event Interaction Survey (WEIS). The generated data is used to catalogue participatory levels in post-Cold War conflicts by actor, actor type and level of activity. Data is then compared across cases, each of the three cases showing an increase in the number and influence of third party actors during international conflict and post conflict recovery period.