Poised between peace, war and terrorism, democracies are called upon to deal with many issues critical to their future. The article discusses some of these issues, providing an overview of the prospects of peace and democracy in the post-Cold War era. Notably, the aim of the article is twofold. On the one hand, it focuses on an issue of cardinal theoretical and practical significance: is war declining? First, the author takes into account the thesis of the obsolescence of major war and the thesis that we live in the most peaceful period in human history, and then, relying on the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, updated to 2011, he analyzes recent trends in armed conflicts and wars (i.e. conflicts with over 1,000 battle-related deaths). The author also discusses the “new wars”, as well as humanitarian intervention and post-heroic warfare. On the other hand, the article reviews the recent debate on the democratic peace hypothesis (democracies do not go to war with each other), which has become a topical issue in international relations research in the past three decades. The article ends by showing, on the basis of data from Freedom House, that in recent years there has been a significant increase of democratization, although the issue of enlargement of democracy remains controversial.

Guerra e democrazia: uno sguardo d'insieme

CORALLUZZO, Valter Maria
2013

Abstract

Poised between peace, war and terrorism, democracies are called upon to deal with many issues critical to their future. The article discusses some of these issues, providing an overview of the prospects of peace and democracy in the post-Cold War era. Notably, the aim of the article is twofold. On the one hand, it focuses on an issue of cardinal theoretical and practical significance: is war declining? First, the author takes into account the thesis of the obsolescence of major war and the thesis that we live in the most peaceful period in human history, and then, relying on the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, updated to 2011, he analyzes recent trends in armed conflicts and wars (i.e. conflicts with over 1,000 battle-related deaths). The author also discusses the “new wars”, as well as humanitarian intervention and post-heroic warfare. On the other hand, the article reviews the recent debate on the democratic peace hypothesis (democracies do not go to war with each other), which has become a topical issue in international relations research in the past three decades. The article ends by showing, on the basis of data from Freedom House, that in recent years there has been a significant increase of democratization, although the issue of enlargement of democracy remains controversial.
2013
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guerra; democrazia; post-eroismo
Coralluzzo, V.
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