Since The Cold War Era, The Spread Of Democracy And Its

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Since the Cold War era, the spread of democracy and its implications have been highly debated across the world. As more states adopt this method of government, the question of how to interact with opposing states has taken the spotlight in the context of international relations. Some scholars, like Robert Kaplan, believe that democratic elections do not help with social and economic stability in developing countries. Others, particularly supporters of the United States idea of democracy such as Sean Jones, believe that democracy benefits the inhabitants of newly democratizing states, promotes peace in the international system, and advances U.S. interests. This paper will explore the support and opposition of the claim that spreading…show more content…
The lack of direct conflict between two established democracies in many years can be attributed to the claim that the spread of democracy makes the world more peaceful. However, this is not always the case. Rosato says democracies do not reliably externalize their domestic norms of conflict resolution and do not trust or respect one another when their interests clash. The long-standing platform of freedom for all in America shows the effect of a democracy that places the views of the people first, putting decisions in the hands of representatives and other elected officials. A clash of interests, in this case, can be when a democratically elected official chooses to support a donor rather than the reasonable or ethical choice. Another example could be in terms of war, when a state chooses to proceed or continue with a war that is largely unpopular within the state. We can conclude from this that peaceful interactions between democratic states must come from unbiased leaders with the public interest in mind. Rosato finishes by saying that peace among democracies are certainly observable, but that is not necessarily because of the democratic nature of the states. Another liberal democratic idea is that democratic states are more likely to engage in conflict with non-democratic states. Many times, in the 21st century, politicians have used the idea of
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