Grasping the Democratic Peace

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Political Science
Lilach Gilady

thPOL208Y1 Introduction to International Relations November 15 2011Grasping the Democratic Peace Russett Bruce 1993 Grasping the Democratic Peace Princeton Princeton University Press Ch 12ContextQuestions posedDemocracies almost never fight warWhat does this statement meanIs it true If yes what does it imply for the future of international politics Can the expansion of democracy lead to an era of peaceCan policy makers try to make this peaceful world more likely and if yes howDoes the Cold War era offer a chance for a fundamental change in the relationsbw nationsINTRORecall Cold War ideological differencessecurity dilemmaideological conflict was resolved with the end of communismbipolar confrontation conflict between two extremes ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union alliance system and the collapse of the Soviet Union itself This ideological surrender to Western values of economicpolitical freedom shows that once autocratic systems ruler has absolute power become democratic democracies have almost never fought each otherthis statement implies thatDemocracies rarely fight each other because 1 They have other means of settling conflicts between them so they do not need to fight each other 2 Belief that democracies should not fight each other Vision of peace among democratic states has been seen as part of the larger structure of institutions and practices to promote peace between nationstates for a long timeex Immanuel Kant 1970 Peace is based partially on states sharing republic constitution ex Woodrow Wilson 1918 a general association of nations The Emergence of Democratic Peace preWWIThe norm that democracies should not fight each other seems to have developed by the end of the 19th century ie the 1800s a number of examples of democracies having conflicts with each other and being so close to war but not going there ex Britain in the 1890sdisputed with Venezuela over the boundary of British Guiana in South AmericaAmerican President Cleveland grew tired of Britains inability to let others mediate ie arbitrate and threatened war but the British soon rejected this position anywayCleveland obtained the ability to force arbitration on Britain but during the following discussion the US offered to exclude states that were settled by the British for at least two generations60 years Britain in turn also backed down war was avoided and agreed to arbitration and the issue was settled through a compromise with Venezuela
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