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It is often said that democracies do not fight each

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Unformatted text preview: lish liberal democracies in foreign nations, the United States simultaneously reduces the universe of potential military adversaries and increases the universe of likely allies. If true, the establishment of a stable democracy in Russia means that the United States should fear a future war with Russia as much as it fears a war with Belgium. SLHS Value File DEMOCRACIES DON'T FIGHT EACH OTHER Joseph Nye, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, WASHINGTON QUARTERLY, WINTER, 1996 Perhaps even more important than these Realist considerations, two of the leading power centers -- Japan and Europe -consist of democratic states that are allied with the United States and that largely share its view of world order. It is often said that democracies do not fight each other. A more accurate formulation is that Liberal democracies do not fight each other. As the political scientist Karl Deutsch argued, a "pluralistic security community," or an island of peace, has emerged among the United States, Europe, and Japan. n7 Shared values, stable expectations, and interlocking institutions have become so powerful among these three power centers that wars among them, including wars among European powers that have fought with one another over several centuries, are unthinkable. Anyone today who warned of impending military conflict among the Scandinavian countries would be considered a lunatic, but in past centuries, wars among these states were commonplace. PROMOTING DEMOCRACY CREATES A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL U.S. State Department, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Democracy and respect for human rights have long been central components of U.S. foreign policy. Supporting democracy not only promotes such fundamental American values as religious freedom and worker rights, but also helps create a more secure, stable, and prosperous global arena in which the United States can advance its national interests. In addition, democracy is the one national interest that helps to secure all the others. Democratically governed nations are more likely to secure t...
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