Does Economic Globalization Affect Interstate Military Conflict?

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DOES ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION AFFECT INTERSTATE MILITARY CONFLICT? I Although there is still not agreement on a common definition of this phenomenon, in this paper I will accept the one developed by R.M. Joshi (2009). He identifies, indeed, Economic Globalization as “the increasing economic integration and interdependence of national, regional and local economies across the world through an intensification of cross-border movement of goods, services, technologies and capital” There are two good reasons, in my opinion to accept Prof. Joshi’s definition. First, it contains two core-point affecting every aspect of that phenomena: Interdependence and Cross-border movements. Second, it focuses on the interaction among markets avoiding approximate expression often used in public debate as “Global Economy” and “Global Market” that could mislead the reader, where national states still play an important role in Economies’ destinies, many people are not involved in economy, some markets still operate on a local level, transnational corporations are anyway nationally based and we can not (still) talk about a global labour market. (Aspers and Kohl 2011). II The one among trade and peace is an old story. Yet in the XVII century Montesquieu (1758) wrote “Peace is the natural effect of trade. Two nations who traffic with each other become reciprocally dependent”. Another giant of that time, Immanuel Kant (1795), seems to share this point of view in his Essay on Perpetual Peace. At
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