Questions of Regional Primacy
“Zones of peace” are neither necessary nor sufficient to produce democracies but, as demonstrated in the preceding chapter, they have been facilitative in fostering the development of liberal republican institutions and democratization. Similarly, the absence of peaceful environments has thwarted movements toward liberal democratization. When conflict diminishment tendencies have preceded the attainment of democratic status, we should be careful in attributing causality to the more recent development. It is of course conceivable that the relationship between democratic states and altered conflict propensities is reciprocal; but it is also possible that other variables are necessary to explain the origins of diminished probabilities of war between certain states.
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