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Rangsit Journal of Arts and Sciences. Vol.1 No.2 , July - December 2011.

Liberal democracy and interstate peace

Alexander Leopold Watts

Abstract

              War has been a constant curse on humanity; however, the world currently finds itself in the unique position that interstate peace is prevalent on four continents. While there are many valid theories in International Relations they all except for the democratic peace theory fall short when used to explain the spread of interstate peace among liberal democracies.   The democratic peace theory has, however, been contested in recent times with the attacks of  9/11 and subsequent US-led invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the rise of pseudo democracies that hold elections without being liberal. To determine whether the theory is as strong as its proponents insist, the theory is once again analyzed with a focus on liberalism. The findings are clear, liberal democracies do not go to war with each other.

Keywords: democracy, liberalism, peace

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DOI: 10.14456/rjas.2011.11