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Peace First by Abu Ala, Uri Savir

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CONCLUSIONA New Vision for 2020

THE AMERICAN ESPOUSAL OF DEMOCRATIZATION AS A BASIS for peace is not without merit. If the world comprised solely democratic countries, perhaps conflict and war would be less prevalent and peace might triumph. Nonetheless, although democratization-leads-to-peace theory looks good in textbooks, reality illuminates its many flaws. Since 2001, when Gambia joined the democratic club, democratic countries have represented 121 of 194 countries worldwide.1 However, of those 121 democracies, only 90 are liberal democracies that enjoy civil and political rights—hardly an environment in which to cultivate lasting peace. And even “true” democracies are not exempt from participation in war, as the United States has demonstrated ...

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