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If all states were democracies there would be no more wars This is the statement that the Democratic Peace Theory claims to be true It is a decidedly difficult statement to agree with however because at a glance it would appear that democracies are involved in war nearly as often as any other type of regime In fact there is hardly one type of characteristic that explains a particular countrys likelihood of war- not a nations economic position ideology or domestic situation nor any other obvious characteristic In his executive summary Perils of a democratic peace Mike Brookes claims that the Democratic Peace Theory appears to be based on two assumptions that arent necessarily reality The first being that democracy is welcome and desirable across the globe The second being that democratic peace will ensure the security of states Both of these assumptions pose no guarantees and therefore may pose a problem to the Democratic Peace Theory To investigate the validity of the Democratic Peace Theory we must first look at the history of the involvement of democracies in wars We must also look at what the present reasons for democracies not going to war are and what some of the possible problems facing the possibility of democratically peaceful world are In his book Never at War Why Democracies Will Not Fight One Another Specer R Weart states that the idea that free peoples would not go to war with each other had been developed by 1785 At a time when there were scarcely any democracies in existence the philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote in Perpetual Peace that a world where every state is a democracy would be a world of perpetual peace However democratic belligerence has been such a problem that it can be found almost everywhere democracies have existed Even as early as fifth century BC the rocky coast where Dubrovnik now stands was the scene of deadly wars involving free governments More
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