Democratic peace theory and militarism: the unrelated connectivity

  • Spyridon N. Litsas University of Macedonia

Abstract

Democratic Peace Theory is a pivotal trend in International Relations theory and particularly in post Cold-War international politics. The analysis will support the view that Democratic Peace Theory is a hegemonic ploy and is the primary cause of militarism in the 21st century as the cases of Afghanistan and Iraq fully reveal. The article supports the view that the Democratic Peace Theory differs from the Kantian Perpetual Peace. Kant argued for Republicanism rather than war-prone Liberal Democracy. However, it is important to note that the phenomenon of war has systemic origins and is not related to any particular system of government. As a final conclusion, the article supports the view that the Democratic Peace Theory is the main source of militarism in international system of the 21st century, primarily due to the fact that it is being used as a Trojan Horse to implement hegemonic schemes.

How to Cite
LITSAS, Spyridon N.. Democratic peace theory and militarism: the unrelated connectivity. Civitas Gentium, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 197-219, oct. 2016. ISSN 1792-9474. Available at: <https://cg.turkmas.uoa.gr/index.php/cg/article/view/67>. Date accessed: 26 jan. 2021.
Section
Long Papers