Democratic Peace Theory

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Intro: US Presidents have made it a goal during their term(s) in office to establish a good relationship with foreign countries and even try to improve upon existing connections with our allies. Some believe it is to prevent conflicts between the countries while others dispute that it is a threat assessment by the United States to pick and choose their friends and enemies. Preventing conflict between two democracies or countries that practice democracy is called Democratic Peace Theory. However, research has begun to show that Democratic Peace Theory is ineffective and needs to be brought to an end as a model for how international relations are formed or destroyed. Democratic Peace Theory needs to be abolished as a support for forming …show more content…
Gleditsch asks the question if democracies really do keep the peace and he found out that they try to but also sometimes have problems within their own house (Gleditsch 289). This could explain why rebellions within a country usually win because the government is torn if they should quiet the rebellion or concede because they do not want to be thrown out of office.
Shouldn’t leave the “football” with a passionate fan: Democratic Peace Theory cannot work as a solution for unsuccessful talks when it comes to foreign policy because when deciding if democracies should go to war with one another, having the citizens decide is bad because the average person does not think rationally, they think emotionally which leads to more problems. Take the Cold War of the United States against the USSR as an example of how emotions almost destroyed two nations. People were spying on their own family members out of fear of being branded a communist and the fear of nuclear annihilation was ever present danger that children were doing drills in case of nuclear fallout. Had it not been for Gorbachev assuming power in Russia and letting his people see what freedom was about through his policies, we would not be here today. Mr. Layne, author of “Kant or Can’t,” furthers the point by stating that Democracies behave differently against non-democracies (Layne 4). Democratic Peace Theory cannot be a solution to resolve foreign
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