UCD Political Science Democratic Peace Theory Discussion

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  1. Evaluate the democratic peace theory. What are the most compelling arguments for and against it?
  1. How are international organizations changing the practice of international politics? Do they represent a fundamental force, or simply a minor detail?

  1. Which theory of war best explains the war between Russia and Ukraine. Why?(the theory must be the use of force, or deterrence and coercion, WMD, Terrorism and Insurgency,Causes of War.

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16 May, 2022
Democratic Peace Theory
The Democratic Peace Theory was first defined in an essay entitled “Perpetual Peace”
that was written in 1795 by German philosopher, Immanuel Kant after observing the decreased
tendencies for democratic states to go to war with each other. On the other hand, Kant also
observed that non-democratic states tend to have increased war with other non-democratic states
and democratic states. Thus, Kant claimed through the Democratic Peace Theory that democracy
was a strong factor to prevent war and should be widespread in order to achieve global peace.
However, while his observations may appear accurate, Kant does not consider factors beyond
democracy that can contribute to decreased war between democratic states. In the following
paper, I will evaluate some of the most compelling reasons for and against the Democratic Peace
One of the most compelling reasons for the Democratic Peace Theory is its transparency.
Since the theory promotes democracies, this inherently creates more difficulty in the generation
of war. For instance, the leaders of the state must be transparent to the citizens on their plans and
must earn a certain amount of citizen support before they can execute their plans. Thus, this
additional power handed to the citizens makes the execution of war more time and effort
consuming. This is also more likely to lead to greater satisfaction of the majority of the people
which is more likely to decrease conflict. Another compelling reason for the theory is its
simplicity. Since the theory is straightforward in assigning democracy to peace, it provides an
easier solution for leaders to carry out by promoting its principles among its people.

One of the compelling reasons against the Democratic Peace Theory is t...

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