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Democratization and War
Edward D. Mansfield and Jack Snyder
Vol. 74, No. 3 (May - Jun., 1995), pp. 79-97
Published by: Council on Foreign Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20047125
Page Count: 19
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The idea that democracies never fight wars against each other has become an axiom. While mature, stable democracies are safer, states usually go through a dangerous transition to democracy. Historical evidence from the last 200 years shows that in this phase, countries become more war-prone, not less, and they do fight wars with democratic states. This raises questions about the U.S. policy of promoting peace by promoting democratization. Pushing Russia and China toward democracy may actually bring war in the short term.
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