By Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen

The West, Civil Society and the development of Peace describes how the demanding situations of peacemaking following the 1st and moment international Wars outlined the West. In flip, the problems in using the Western recipe for peace to the recent protection demanding situations of a globalizing global is threatening to smash the overseas group. Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen explains how the values of civil society have held the West jointly and concludes that 'the democratic peace ' isn't really a 'law' yet a recipe for defense.

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The state is the gatekeeper. It does not let non-democracies into society as they are recognised as dangerously different. Democracies, on the other hand, are free to enter. Democratic states connect liberal societies in a special way. Liberal society What characterises liberal societies? Democratic peace theory, and indeed its critics, offers a notably coherent answer to that question. As usual, Doyle offers the most comprehensive definition, which in true Kantian fashion proceeds from a fundamental principle to a number of practices and institutions.

According to Kissinger, politics may dominate strategy for a moment, but then the different political experiences of societies will assert themselves and reintroduce strategic rules. However, history is a social construction made to define a present by a past. It is possible for societies to transcend their own history and make peace on the basis that peace constitutes a new beginning. In that case political rules can continue to guide their mutual relations. Thus, one can combine a liberal conception of institutions and a realist conception of the importance of historical contingency in a constructivist framework.

The structure of peace with non-democracies thus remains strategic and peace becomes an institution, which defines the relations of victor and vanquished in terms of conflict. In this case, peace is only the absence of war. If the government of a liberal society believes that the war has transformed its opponent, however, then it is possible to transcend these rules of peace. If the enemy has become a democracy, or is perceived as having the potential to become one, then political rules are applied to peacemaking.

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