The Relations Of Democratic Peace

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The interactions between nation states compose the framework of the modern world. The world’s affairs are shaped by the diplomatic engagements of nations with one another, with each country playing on its own interests and concerns on the global stage. While no tangible system of international law rigidly regulates diplomacy, philosophies exist attempting to describe and even predict the interactions between countries. Among these is the notion of “democratic peace,” that which predicts a largely pacifist interaction between states, particularly democracies. Democratic peace plays on an optimistic view of democracies shaping their diplomatic practices with one another in an amicable manner as it provides that democracies inherently respect each other and their corresponding ways, while also listening to their inherent accountability to their people. While ideal, democratic peace fails to describe historical exchanges between democratic states, even in those instances in which tense dealings did not result in warfare. An opposing thought is provided as the reason why such an ideal fails, and it follows that “realist” interactions between nations is based largely on the very survival of the states involved. As such, factors like international prestige, and perceived strength come into play, and given these factors strong link to a demonstration of strength through potential warfare, democratic peace fails to be an accurate representation of present diplomatic practice given
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